Leadership Inspirations Activities

Lasting Impressions

Affirm the people in your group by letting them know
the impact that they have had on you

Duration

30-45 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper, pens or pencils

 

SUMMARY

First impressions matter, but lasting impressions are more important. Find out how people the people in your group have been impacted by you for the better!

 

SET UP

  • Assign everyone a number in your group. Every person needs to have a different number and they must remember it!
  • Facilitator Note: To ensure that participants are writing appropriate comments to each other, the facilitator may want to keep a roster of who has what number.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pass out a piece of paper and a writing utensil to everyone in the group. Each person should write their name at the top of the paper, and then number their paper for how many people are in the group. For example, if there are 22 group members, the piece of paper should have a name at the top and then the numbers 1-22 underneath. Every participant needs to do this on both the front and back sides of their paper.
  • On day one of meeting with a group, have every person write their “first impression” of the people that they work with. Participants will leave their papers at their seats and then go around to write on everyone else’s paper on their specific number. So, if you are number 18, you will write your first impression of people ALWAYS next to the number 18.
  • On the last day of meeting with your group, repeat the last step on the other side of the piece of paper, but participants should write their lasting impression of everyone.
  • Make sure that you write something on your paper as well. The numbering is anonymous, so write your first and lasting impression of yourself on your piece of paper.
  • Before participants adjourn, give them the opportunity to read the first and lasting impressions that others had of them.

VARIATIONS

  • This activity can be done without first impressions. If you are short on time, try just doing lasting impressions to be able to complete the activity in a timely manner.
  • There are other great ways to affirm group members. Try using the Pat on the Back activity as a fun alternative.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?