Leadership Inspirations Activities

Trading Cards

Use personalized trading cards to learn about group members

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Computer, projector

 

SUMMARY

 
Group members create personalized trading cards with information about themselves to share with the group.

 

SET UP

  • Have participants create their trading cards before beginning the session as a pre-work assignment.
  • Optional: Create a template of a trading card that participants can use or have participants create their own on paper or the computer if the website provided is no longer available or if preferred by the facilitator or the group. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have participants go to bighugelabs.com/deck.php to create their personalized trading cards.
    • Under “Choose a photo“ have them upload a photo of themselves.
    • Under “Title“ have them put their name.
    • Under “Sub-title“ have them put their position, role or any designation you choose.
    • Under “Description“ have them write three fun facts about themselves.
    • Under “Style“ have them select the theme that best represents them.
    • Under “Icons“ have them select any icons that they think represent them. They can interpret the icons any way they choose and use as many as they want.
  • Lastly, have them click “Create“ to generate their own trading card. Have them download the trading card and send it to you or upload it in a shared folder so that you can collect them all.
  • During the session, project all of the trading cards one at a time. Have participants talk about themselves when their trading card is displayed.

VARIATIONS

  • To avoid pre-work, allow participants some time during the session to create their trading cards. Make sure that everyone will have access to a computer to work on during the session.
  • If there is printer access, print out the trading cards instead of projecting them. Make one set and follow the Large Group variation, or make sets for all participants so they can collect them all.  Utilize the sets as a way for participants to get to know everyone in the group by giving them to others when they complete a getting-to-know-you activity with them. Or, have participants start with their own set and when they have completed a getting-to-know-you activity with someone, they get their autograph on the card.  If appropriate, the facilitator may participate in the process as well and once all the autographs have been collected, put them in a frame together as a memento for the year.
  • Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, print out the trading cards and hand them out to participants in a random order. Have each participant find the person whose trading card they have and ask them questions about it. Or, have participants sit in a circle and pass trading cards around while reading and looking at them.

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?