Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Optional: Cordless microphone
Preparation for Activity
- Make sure all participants' nametags are visible. If any participants need to make nametags, pass around the materials as you begin this activity.
Description of Activity
Begin name sharing by affirming participants:
I'm so glad you are here. There is so much knowing in this room, and each one of us has something to offer us all.
Invite participants to think of an activity they enjoy or engage in frequently. Then, invite each to share their name and their activity. For example, "I'm Mary, and I enjoy jumping out of airplanes," or "I'm Bob, and I type at a keyboard all day."
A variation on this activity involves movement: Each person mimes the activity they describe, then all other participants mimic their motions.
You may begin by sharing your own name and activity, or invite a participant to go first. Ask participants to say their names clearly. If you are using a microphone, pass it during the sharing.
If the group has 20 or fewer participants, after all have shared their names and activities ask if anyone thinks they can repeat all the names. If the volunteer gets stuck on a participant's name, ask the participant to repeat their name.