What If

Type of strategy: Closings and Wrap UpHumor and CelebrationWriting and/or Reflection

Use to get participants “voices in the room” and add a bit of humor to your time together.


  1. Give each participant a small piece of paper. Ask them to write a “What if” question (e.g., “What if the sky was purple?” or “What if we all had three arms?”). When everyone has completed their question, ask them to pass their question to the person on their right.
  2. Next, each person writes the answer to the question they've received. They should answer the question as if they had written it. For example, if Tom hands his question “What if I won the lottery?” to Susan, she should answer the question as if she had won the lottery, not Tom.
  3. When everyone has written an answer, select someone to read the QUESTION on their paper.
  4. Ask the person to their right to read the ANSWER on his paper. After the giggles settle down, the same person should now read the QUESTION on his paper.
  5. Repeat the pattern around the circle or throughout the group.

 NOTE: For a group of 15-20 people, this exercise will take about 10-15 minutes. No advance preparation is required, but you'll need pens or pencils and paper.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns