Adding props to a debrief or processing activity can often help participants open up to the rest of the group. Take A Stand Debrief utilizes props to create conversations about an activity, initiative, or even at the end of a day.
Number of Participants: 2-200
Time: 5-20 minutes
Activity Level: Low
Props: Any prop that you have handy
Objective: To encourage the group to process an activity
Set Up: Place several throwables or random items around the room.
The object of this debrief is to encourage the participants to stand by a throwable or item. Each item will have a specific meaning or description pertaining to the previous activity or sequence of activities. After the participants take a stand by the item, they discuss their thoughts with the others standing by them. This creates an opportunity for participants to discuss their thoughts with like-minded individuals.
Example: Place a red, green, and yellow throwable in three different areas of the room. Ask the participants to stand by the red throwable if they felt frustrated or if the activity halted their progress, to stand by the yellow if they were confused by the activity, and to stand by the green if they felt like they completely understood and enjoyed the activity.
- Be creative with your props and you will be surprised by the participants’ in-depth answers.
- Use photos, numbers, toys, books, etc. as props.
Have you used this style of a debrief before? What was effective for you? What is your favorite prop to use?