How we learn things, it has a lot of to do with our own experiences, good and bad. The good part is that we can teach each other through our experiences, so your friends, co-workers and even family don’t do the same mistake.
When we exchange experiences, it is then when the magic happens. Usually, this a great way to get to know each other a little more. It is always easier to have a dialogue about experiences – both good and bad – if the participants feel safe in the group.
One of the good exercises is to use strengths card as explained below.
The participants are divided into smaller groups sitting around their own tables; each table received a deck of cards as they spread out on the table with the strength sides up. Each one then had to choose two cards of strengths that you recognized in – to be able to present themselves. They also had to pick one more card for each colleague in the small group.
Once you have made your choice, you will do a presentation round. One at a time you present yourself with the help of the two selected strength cards. Then you use the other cards you selected to give feedback to the other around the table. Motivate the feedback!
That means you talk about why you think the person has this strength. Perhaps you’ve seen something it’s done and said?
If you don’t know each other, you can say that. “Now I do not know you, but from what I’ve seen I’ve got a picture that this is a strength you have …”
When you get feedback, just reply: Thank you!
With this exercise, the participants get the opportunity to look for the strengths – both for themselves and for the others in the group – as well as being open to each other. And to give and receive feedback.
After this, we could later go into main purpose: experience exchange.