I love a good metaphor. In fact, even the name of my company is one big metaphor. Training Wheels: you only use training for a little while, before you take the Training Wheels off and 'make it your own.' That's how all of my trainings are conducted. I'm only there for a short while and it's up to the participants to take what they learn in the workshop and 'make it their own.' I love it!
This time of year is full of planning for bridal showers, weddings, graduation, baby showers and other events. I love using a twist on The Community Puzzle for events such as these. In team building, I use the Community Puzzle as a debriefing tool. I ask participants to think about how they are an 'essential piece' of the team and write down or draw some of their unique skills on a puzzle piece. Another option is to use it at the end of a program and ask them to jot down a few key 'pieces of learning' they got out of the day. It makes a nice way to artistically illustrate the 'aha' moments. Then the group puts the puzzle together and it looks like a great big quilt! I love to see all of the colors and patterns come to life.
For weddings, graduations and other events, I love to use the Community Puzzle as a unique Guest book. Have each guest write their name on a puzzle piece and leave a 'piece of advice' for the bride/groom/graduate. Pair that with a play on words and you've got a unique, memorable guest book that you can keep forever! Check out The Community Puzzle for your next event.
What creative way can you use the puzzle metaphor?
Have fun out there,