My intention here is to create space for practitioners to share their ‘quick and easy, make-things-interesting communication tools. Below are some of the ones I use.
Please share your own tools or any thoughts in the comments. What's worked for you?
Tactile Tracking Tools to use in a pinch:
Penny: Share your thoughts (non-focused processing)
Magnet: What attracts you to this _______ (work, approach, activity, etc).
Flashlight: Share any bright ideas (portable light switch also available at dollar stores)
Insect: What's bugging you (adding levity/humor)?
Dice: What are the different sides to this situations (diffuse tension)
Compass: In which direction are we headed?
Pad Lock: What unlocked the answer/outcome?
Puzzle: What do we need to solve/figure out/work through this obstacle?
Key: What was the key to our success? or
Ruler: What was the measure of our success?
Tools for wrapping up the day or session:
What would you re-do if you had the chance?
Ring: What can you commit to?
Chain: How will you link with others to get this done?
Candle: Let's illuminate the path ahead. What will you do from here?
Balloon: What expanded you? (Sometimes we might feel deflated!)
Credit cards: Give credit where credit is due
Rubber bands: What was (or will be) a stretch for you?
Battery: What energized you?
Mirror: What did you see about yourself or what did you see reflected in others?
String: How do we pull things together?
Colored leaf: What changes will you make?
Eraser: What changes will you make to continuously improve?