1. Draw an horizontal arrow representing the timeline on the bottom of the canvas. Define the initial and end of the timeline.
2. Decide upon the canvas vertical gradient. For example, the happiness gradient, where the very top is the happiest and the very bottom is the saddest.
3. Invite a participant to draw his/her Peaks and Valley timeline.
Starting on the beginning of the timeline, and keeping the marker on the canvas the whole time. Please share your Peaks and Valley timeline. You should do so by drawing the line and speaking at the same time.
4. Invite more participants to draw their timeline (one at a time). Consider using a different marker color, or line pattern.
At the end of this activity the whole group will have a view of several Peaks and valley timelines. It is a good activity for getting the participants to open up for further conversation.
It is also very useful for correlating events with the chosen gradient (team feelings on the example below), and for recognizing contradictions—such as ups and downs for the same event..
Below is a sequence of photos for this activity.
The Peaks and Valleys timeline activity is also known as the Cliffs and valley, and the Emotional Seismograph