Draw Me a Sheep> Initiate communication
This activity allows participants to introduce themselves through a drawing, adding a personal or even comical touch. It can also be used to represent an idea or concept. It’s a very effective technique for helping the group to relax, often getting some good laughs.
Prepare a Board activity. Think about what topic you’d like the group to work on (based on your meeting’s agenda).
- If the group isn’t familiar with the activity, create an example drawing that you’ll post ahead of time in your name.
- For an in-person meeting, provide pencils and paper for the participants, and make sure to have a smartphone for taking pictures of the drawings.
Activity settings Board
- Activity format: Round by round
- No voting session
- One category per participant or no categories to post all the cards together
Present the activity to the group and let them know how much time they have.
- For example: ‘We started the Ulysses project a month ago, what has been the biggest takeaway for you?’
- See ‘Suggestions and variations’ for more examples.
To clarify, send your own drawing to the Board. Give the group about 5 minutes to prepare their sketch.
The participants spend their allotted time drawing and then snap a picture of the sketch to add it to an idea card. They keep this card in their notepad.
Each participant takes a turn sending their idea to the Board and takes a moment to present to the others what they chose to draw (30 seconds).
Suggestions and variations
You can also use the Selfie Wall for this activity.
You can change up the formats with the examples below:
- If the project were a film, what would its poster look like? (it’s important to also include the title of the film along with the drawing)
- If our product targeted the general public, how would we advertise it? (make sure to work on a catch phrase to go with the drawing)
- For introductions: draw a picture that represents your work. Sketch your main expectation for this meeting
- What would our team’s coat of arms look like?
There are scores of possibilities, so use your imagination to keep the activity feeling fresh and new.