This activity provides participants with an opportunity to highlight their strengths or competencies that would be useful to others. Each participant prepares an exhibit banner that showcases the thrust of his or her idea. Everybody is encouraged to walk from display to display and identify those people with whom they might interact with at a later time.
- To provide an opportunity to get acquainted and share resources.
- To illustrate that, each individual is an expert at something.
Activity training methods
- Tables or Display stands
- Posterboard and markers
- Name tags for each participant
- Ample wall space
- Tables and chairs arranged for easy movement of people (to view the exhibition)
Use this activity to emphasize that each participant attends the event with ideas and experiences regarding leadership. The Exhibition Gallery will give them a chance to share this expertise. Use this activity when you have sufficient space to display exhibits.
- When participants preregister for the activity instruct them to bring in items for an exhibit based on participant past experiences and skills in leadership. Give them examples of what you mean, for instance :
– A collection of articles or books on the subject that they found useful.
– Several performance-evaluation forms they have used or find interesting.
– A step-by-step approach to writing reports.
– Their best idea for. . . . (with written description).
– A how-to demonstration of a certain skill.
– A presentation on a leadership topic (powerpoint).
– A video they once used to teach employees a skill, along with points to discuss.
– Posters showing a team celebrating an achievement.
Explain at registration that participants will be setting up an exhibition gallery. Each person should prepare a banner or poster and bring all the equipment and supplies they need to make their stand in the gallery attractive and inviting.
- As each participant arrives for the exhibit session, give them a name tag. Assign each person a specific table/stand or wall space for his or her items. Provide the group with materials for exhibit signs that show each person’s name and organizational affiliation.
- When all of the exhibits are set up, invite people to mingle and network in the Exhibition Gallery (refreshments are optional). Suggest that participants note the names of anyone with whom they are interested in having an extended conversation.
- Ask the following questions:
i. What was the most useful exhibit—one that gave you ideas you can use?
ii. Whom did you meet that you would want to meet again?
iii. What suggestions do you have for preserving these exhibits, so we can return to them later on?
Take time shortly after conducting this activity to ponder on how it went, how engaged the participants were, and what questions they raised. Then, make notes that include how much time you actually spent on this activity.