Visual phone is a great energizer to get everyone engaged while fostering a conversation about communication and interpretations.

Running the activity

  1. Break the large group into groups of three people (one or two groups can have four people)
  2. Place three post it and a pen in front of each person
  3. Ask everyone to write a sentence (on a post it), then place a blank post it on top of it (for now only the sentence author knows it)
  4. Everyone pass the post it clockwise
  5. Each person read the sentence from the post it in front of  them, and then create a representative drawing for the sentence (on the blanket post it)
  6. Everyone pass the post it clockwise.
  7. On a new post it, each person write a sentence for the drawing in front of them, and place it on top of the post it set (now the set has 3 post its; the original sentence, the drawing, and the new sentence)
  8. Everyone pass the post it set clockwise (for the groups of three people, the set should end in front of the original sentence writer)
  9. Open the post it set so everyone can see the sentences and respective drawings.




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sample result (original sentence -> drawing -> new sentence)

Typically the participants will laugh and have a great time comparing drawings and the sentences.

This is a great energizer with a sublime massage about communication (visual and written), context and interpretations.


This is an adaptation from an activity I have learned on a UX (User eXperience) workshop by my dear UX friends Natalia Arsand, Glauber Ramos, Juliana Dorneles and Gabriel Albo. They have learned it from the Human Centered Design workshop by IDEO. Other posts about this activity: Visual Telephone and Drawing Telephone.