Material Needed: Flip chart or butcher paper (one per group), markers
Time Required: 15-20 minutes
Group Size: 6-25
Purpose: Team building
Organize participants into groups of 3-6
Explain to participants that personification is taking an inanimate object or abstraction and giving it a persona. Simple examples include calling a boat a she or a hurricane a she or a he. Explain that the group will now be using personification to describe what you have chosen (e.g. your organization, qualities important for team members, exec board positions, etc.)
Explain that their group task is to sketch and then write descriptions of their personification.
Give each group a sheet of paper and markers and tell them they have 5 minutes to sketch and personify
When they are finished, have groups share their sketches and descriptions.
If you use this at the beginning or in the middle of a session, refer back to it when you can.
West, E. (1997). 201 Icebreakers. New York: McGraw Hill. P 404-405.