Personal Crest:

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Family Crest; Coat of Arms
Level of process: 
Method
Intent or purpose: 
The personal Crest is used as a way of introducing people in a group.
Used as component of: 
a workshop, course, or meeting
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
45 - 6 min.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
personal crests and a deeper understanding of people in the group
Level of participation: 
high
Potential Pitfalls: 
People see it a silly and a waste of time.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
any
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Resources Needed: 
Sheets fo Blank Paper (11"x17" or A3) Several Colored Markers or Crayons Something to stick the crests to the wall such as masking tape
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

<p><b>Introduction</b></p>
<p>1. A Coat of Arms or a Family Crest is a symbol of the family's name or history. <br>
2. In this exercise they have an opportunity to create their own. <br>
3. The parameters are: <br>
- A symbol representing something they are proud of accomplishing personally<br>
- A symbol representing something they are proud of accomplishing professionally<br>
- A symbol representing a personal future goal they wish to accomplish <br>
- A symbol representing a professional future goal they wish to accomplish<br>
4. Ask the group to now draw (no artistic ability required) a picture of one or more of these things. Some crests have 1, 2, 3 or even 4 parts to them. <br>
5. After everyone is done, ask everyone to bring them up to the facilitator. The facilitator scrambles them and puts them on the wall with tape.<br>
6. Everyone takes a look as if in an art gallery<br>
7. Ask the group gathered around one.<br>
- First, ask who they think drew this one. ?<br>
- What do you think the symbols mean?<br>
- Ask the creator to say who they are and what the sysmbols mean to them. </p>
<p>8. Continue until all have shared their stories.</p>

How flexible is the process?: 
very as the list of symbols can differ.
Follow-Up Required: 
None
Background
Developer: 
unknown
Derived from: 
An email only identified as Michael mrubell@TeamWorksIntl.com on the Training Ideas Listserve
History of Development: 

unknown

References: 
Training Ideas Listserve. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Training-Ideas
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
Suppliers
Creators: 
Trainers: 
Namesort descending City Country
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Consultants: 
Namesort descending City Country
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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