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Each participant will write a postcard to their team, as if they were absent. In a few words, each one will say what they did, liked and will do, all illustrated with a photo.

Postcards are always positive, even when it’s raining ;)

Pre-requisites

Prepare a Board activity. You can also arrange time management: 5 minutes max. to prepare and then 1 minute per participant to explain the card.

If the group is unfamiliar with the activity, you would ideally prepare your own postcard ahead of time to simplify the activity.

Activity settings Board

  • Activity format: Round by round
  • No voting session
  • No categories

Process

1

Presentation

Present the activity and its objective: start the meeting off on a positive note. Take a minute to present your postcard to the group to show what’s expected of them.

2

Exploration

Participants prepare their postcard in their notepad: a short message about what they did and liked, or even what they would do, imagining that they’re sharing this with a team that isn’t with them. They select a photo to illustrate their words.

3

Collection

Each person takes turns sending their postcard to the Board and briefly presenting what they wrote to the rest of the group. There’s no discussion, judgement or criticism to express during this time.

4

Summary

Participants discussed the positive aspects and were able to present, often humorously, what they experienced and felt. They’re ready to follow up with a group activity.

Suggestions and variations

Feel free to amplify the humour in your example to get the group to loosen up.

You can change up the activity by asking people to associate 3 keywords with the postcard instead of a text, for example.

Activity Board
5 to 30 min
2 to 30
Novice
Opening
Share a postcard with the team to see the bright side of things.
Participants focus on what they liked or appreciated and therefore take the time to see the positives.