Closure is bringing a process to the end; the wrapping up stage.
This closure process developed by Points of You can be used at any workshop, group activity or a one on one session.
The aims of this activity are:
1. To bring closure to the process
2. To understand what I leave with, what have I learnt
3. To empower the closure process
How many people can participate in this activity?
How long is the activity?
2 hours (depends on the amount of participants)
What do I need before I start?
The Coaching Game
Who can participate?
Suitable for any type of of group or individual activity.
How does it work?
Following is a detailed example for a closure process in a group activity.
Presented to the facilitator, step by step:
1. Present the aim of the activity and how long it should take.
2. Introduce the Coaching Game and say
"We're about to experience a different way for a closure process- we're going to play a game!"
In my hand I have 65 cards – each card has a photo and a word on it. (Show the group an example of a few cards).
Explain that there are all kinds of cards: “positive” ones depicting success, joy, or love; as well as “negative” ones depicting fear, difficulty, failure, or death. In fact, there are no “positive” or “negative” cards: Each card simply represents a point of view. In any case, explain, “if you choose a card that doesn’t agree with you, you may replace it and choose another", however, before doing so, think about the fact this action in itself is an opportunity to challenge your automatic response.
3.Now spread the cards out facing up or down (this is up to the facilitator) and begin to play.
4. Ask each participant to choose 2-3 cards that reflect:
5. While the facilitator asks the following questions, each participant observes their cards (tip: allow enough time to process thoughts, pause between asking each question).
What do you see in the photo?
How does the word relate to the photo?
What does the card tell you?
6. Here are additional questions you can add if necessary:
- What associations does this card raise?
- What other word or title would you give for this photo?
- What happened a second before the photo was taken and what will happen a second after?
- What story does the photo tell?
- Where, if at all, would you place yourself in this photo?
- What detail in the photo, is the most dominant and why?
7. Now whoever wants, can share, popcorn style (this means what it sounds like – who ever pops up first can share). Each participant has between 3-5 minutes.
It is important that everyone gets a turn. After sharing with the group, the facilitator can allow time for questions or responses.
8. Now invite all participants to stand up holding their cards and choose a partner (make sure everyone has a partner).
Looking at your cards decide which card you would like to give to your partner as a farewell blessing.
Once everyone has exchanged cards they can share why that card was chosen.
Allow maximum 10 minutes for this process.
9. Each participant returns to their place and observes the card they received.
Here the facilitator can ask:
Do you like your new card?
Which card did I give away? Did I really give it away?
10. Now everyone sits back in their place and returns their cards to the kitty. Each in turn chooses one word that represents:
what did I receive? What am I taking with me?
Here are a few tips and guidelines for this process:
- The kitty (centre pile) rule: at any time during the activity, anyone can change their card for a new one from the pile. However we suggest not giving up so easily and exchanging but taking on the challenge and trying to figure out why this card chose you.
- Listening: make sure the group is silent while the participant presents himself, so that everyone can listen.
- Should someone feel the need to ask the participant a question, they must wait till the end of the presentation. The only one who can ask questions during the presentation is the facilitator.