Leadership Inspirations Activities

Google Slides Introductions

Get to know everyone in the group through a Google Slides presentation

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Computer, projector

 

SUMMARY

 
Group members create slides in a Google Slides document to introduce themselves. The group gets to watch the slideshow and each member gets to talk about themself using their slide.

 

SET UP

  • Have participants complete their slides before beginning the session as a pre-work assignment.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give parameters for what to include on the slide. These parameters can include elements such as a photo of yourself, your position, fun facts about you, etc.  This is also a great opportunity to ask the questions that you think the answers will be beneficial for the group to know and understand, such as what events are you excited to work on this year? What do you hope to accomplish in your role? What will help you to stay accountable? Why did you join this group?
  • Have participants complete and upload their slides before beginning the session. Encourage them to be as creative as they want to with their slide.
  • During the session, project the slideshow so that everyone can watch it together. Have participants use their slide to introduce themselves when it comes up in the presentation.

VARIATIONS

  • To avoid pre-work, allow participants some time during the session to create their slides. For this variation, make sure that everyone will have access to a computer to work on during the session.
  • For a more involved project, have participants create video introductions of themselves that can be played during your meeting time. 
  • Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, set a time limit such as 60 seconds for each participant to share. Remind participants that it’s okay if they don’t have time to mention everything on their slide in their 60 seconds because everyone has access to the Google Slides document and can go back later to read each slide in more detail.

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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
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?