Here’s how I described it in this month’s newsletter:
Exercise #1 - COINS
This exercise involves team members selecting some change/coins that they have available at their desk (or maybe in their pocket or their briefcase or purse).
First they need to select a coin and then notice what is the year on that coin.
The invitation is to share one thing about your work, your life, or what you were doing in the world during that year.
Perhaps I picked 2004. That was the year Potentials Realized, my company was started. Maybe I pick a coin that was 2009, which was the first year one of my books was published - Effective Group Coaching, or maybe I picked 2017 and I decided to talk a little bit about releasing Effective Virtual Conversations.
So coins is a lower risk exercise. Hopefully people have materials on hand.
This exercise can be a real conversation starter especially if you are working with a global team. It is interesting for people to show their national coinage. It also gives people a chance to talk a little bit more about how coins operate or how currency operates in their own context.”
How might you incorporate an activity/conversation starter like COINS in your next activity?
For more on creating engaging virtual conversations, and virtual team development, check out my 2017 book, Effective Virtual Conversations.
Enjoy the conversation!
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of multiple books including Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), Coaching Business Builder (2018) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
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