Here is a quick energizer that allows the workshop participants to affirm and strengthen their learning. It is an "up-out-of-your-seat" exercise. And it is fun.
I call it the snowball toss, and I usually conduct it as a morning exercise to launch a second or third day of a workshop session.
Here is how it goes:
Each participant strengthens one learning from the prior day. I trust that the learning that is written down is an element of leadership that will serve them and their direct reports well. This is an opportunity to solidify the learning and not allow it to melt away!
The participant and the facilitator hear some key thoughts from all of the workshop participants, creating an opportunity to learn from one another.
The snowball toss safeguards the anonymity and privacy of the participant. (I do not tell the participants that they will need to personally share their thoughts with the group. Therefore, I trust that what they write down is authentic).
Experience from the Field
The snowball toss is fun!
I, as the facilitator, become aware of the "ah-ha" moments that are important for the group, and can refer back to them during the course of the current day.
More recently, I have kept the individual paper snowballs after the exercise and recorded the comments in order to email them to the participants in the few days after the completion of the workshop.
So, let's look at a live example from a recent seminar. On day one, we talked about Values, Credibility, and Inspiring a Shared Vision. Here are the "ah-has" that the seminar participants recorded in those paper snowballs on the morning of the second day:
Values and Credibility
Inspiring a Shared Vision
Have fun in the snow. "Ah-ha" is always in season!