For many years now I have seen the transformative power of integrating images in my coaching work
with individuals, teams and groups. It led me to launch my own photo deck called Conversation Sparker(TM) in the spring of 2014, a product which is now being used by coaches and leaders in industries as wide ranging as music, health care, financial services, the legal profession, publishing and transportation.
Visuals can create a new entry way into insights and ideas. I continue to hear from and group members I get to work with how the photos unlock new ideas for them, as well as help them articulate their ideas.
there are many ways we can be using images in our work. From visioning, to using images as an opening activity or closing activity, visuals can deepen awareness for an individual, create synergy in a team, or lock in the learning from a workshop or retreat.
Here's six different ways you may want to use visuals - taken from a brochure that accompanies the Conversation Sparker Cards (a 72 card deck which includes 50 photos and 22 questions. You can download an 11-page brochure here
and enjoy these different ways to use visuals.
My blab this week - on Wednesday November 25th from 930-10 will be focusing on real-time ways to work with cards (so drop in a be ready to play and perhaps glean some new insights). You can find out more about this week's blab here
Six Quick Activities for the Conversaton Sparker(TM) Cards - Jennifer Britton, Copyright 2014.
Conversation Sparker Cards™ can be used by team leaders, facilitators, coaches
and trainers. Just as the name implies, it is our hope that the Conversation
Sparker Cards™ will create the spark for deeper dialogue. The cards can be used
in a team meeting, workshop, retreat or coaching session. This brochure
includes six ways you may want to incorporate the Conversation Sparker Cards™
into your next program.
1. Select a Card
facilitator/leader, coach or trainer will lay out the cards on a large table or
in an area where all the cards can be seen by participants. It can be useful to
lay them out on a freestanding table so people can move around it and see the
photos from different perspectives. You
may want to include cards with photos or also include the cards with questions.
A virtual twist - Have group members select a photo
from those that you have shown on your whiteboard, or sent as PDF form. A
digital license can be purchased online at http://www.conversationsparker.com.
person a few minutes to select the card. For those that have purchased the
deck, you can download a Worksheet to use with this activity.
Create a Vision:
For individuals - Have individuals select a photo
which represents their vision (for their work, leadership, business, career
etc). Give them time during the session to make notes on it, dialogue around it
or have them journal their ideas before your next conversation point.
For a team - Have a team create their own story
line using the photos included in the deck. What are significant milestones in
the past and/or future? Team members can
also create their own drawings of their vision using blank index cards.
3. Conversation Sparking Questions
The main Conversation Sparker Card
deck comes with 22 questions , some with photos, some plain. You can use these questions in
1. Have each
person pick a card for individual reflection
leaders can select a card for the team to be in dialogue around that week at
their staff meeting
3. Each team
member can select a card which they want to spark conversation in the team
4. Creating Connection:
At the start
of the program have individuals select the card which represents what they
uniquely bring to the group. Have them introduce themselves to the larger group
sharing the card they selected and providing their story behind it.
5. What’s Possible?
If you could
make a change right now and follow your dream, what would be possible? Select
the card which represents what’s possible! Have each group member select their
own photo and share their story. What would it take to make this happen?
6. Celebratory Closure
adage says “All good things must come to an end”. Our group and team members
remember the start and tend of things. As part of your closure activities, get
people to select the card which represents what they are leaving the program
with. Alternatively, you can have them select a Question card which they want
to carry forward.
I hope that you have as much fun as I do in bringing visuals into your work. I'd love for you to check out the Conversation Sparker Cards here, or our Teams365 Team Sparker Deck - 52 questions for team leaders and others to bring into conversations with teams. You can order either deck here. Coming in the next week or two is a new digital product which will include 40 Different Ways to Work wtih Visual Cards. Stay tuned!
Have a great week,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Group Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
Join us for an upcoming CCE approved program including the Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar starting December 1st (Tues/Thurs Dec 1, 8, 10, 15, 17 - 8.75 CCEs with the ICF) - 4 spots open
Did you catch my announcement in this month's newsletter about our newest on-demand course? Earlier this month the Coaching Business Builder
was released. Just like our other on-demand programs, the course
includes several hours of video based content and more than a dozen
worksheets and activities to support you in growing your coaching
business. Both experienced and new coaches growing their businesses will
find the program of interest. You can learn more about the Coaching Business Builder here at the Learning Lab and Design Studio(TM), our new online portal for all of our on-demand programs.