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Activities and Exercises - Workshops

Many of the activities listed are from Gallup's StrengthsQuest web site.  The referenced resources are available to the general public unless otherwise noted.  The page number and name of the resources will be given for each activity so that you can go directly to the particular activity to see the details. This page contains copyright content from Gallup, Inc. Used with permission. Gallup®, StrengthsQuest®, Clifton StrengthsFinder® and the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder theme names and descriptions are trademarks of Gallup, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

60 in 60!
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This document contains 60 different ideas for Strengths-based activities you could use with students. The majority of these activities work best in group situations versus 1:1 situation such as advising or career counseling/ coaching. The activities can take as little as 60 seconds or up to 60 minutes to complete.

Career Exploration Guide

This Guide can be used to use your Strengths to explore careers.

Degrees of Talent/ Owning My Strengths
Page 22A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to recognize the personal difficulties associated with affirming their own themes of talent.

Get Engaged (On & Off Campus) Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about ways to use your Top 5 to find engagement opportunities that are a good fit for you!

How Do I Use My Top 5 Guide
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This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Myth Smashing' video or on its own to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

I Do it With Ease
Page 54A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students begin to move from reflection and evaluation to application and apply theme-specific strategies to achieve academic success.

Intensify Strengths
Page 38A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity will help students begin to actively develop their talent.

International Students Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about the Strengths philosophy and how to use your Strengths as a international student at WTAMU.

Is There A Shadow Side to a Strengths-Based Perspective?
Page 83A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to consider the implications to the application of talents in a negative way.

Job Searching Guide

This Guide can be used to find ways to use Strengths in your resume, cover letter, interviewing, job search, and elevator pitch.

Major Exploration Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about how to use your Strengths during the major exploration process.

Making the Most of Your Engagement Guide

This Guide can be used to find ways to use your Strengths to lead stronger and get the most out of your engagement on and off campus.

Myth Smashing Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

NACADA Academic Advising for Student Retention and Persistence: A Strengths Development Approach

"A Strengths Development Approach" Webinar handout. This activity will be discussed during the broadcast, and if possible, Webinar participants are encouraged to spend a few minutes considering the possibilities for their own lives.

Name Tags/ Name Tents
Page 5A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

Ask students to create name tags or name tents to use throughout your sessions. On the name tags or tents, ask students to print their names and their five Signature Themes. Great for workshops or class sessions.

Realizing My Potential
Page 36A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students integrate the elements of strength development: talent, skills, and knowledge. Specifically, students identify what talents, skills, and knowledge are required to complete three tasks. This process will help students begin to develop a model of how they can consciously apply their talents to develop strength.

Relationships and Teams
Page 76A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This Guide can be used to learn how you can use your Strengths in your partnerships with others.

Secret of My Success
Page 21A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to identify examples of how their themes of talent have contributed to past success.

Studying and Academic Success Guide

This Guide can be used for tips about how to use your Strengths to make the most out of your study time, as well as how you can use your Strengths to achieve your academic goals.

Talent Development
Page 37A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students are asked to consciously create a strategy to develop one of their Signature Themes. It is imperative that the instructor provide students with timely feedback concerning their efforts to develop their talents.

Talent, Theme, and Strength
Page 7A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students understand and develop a common language in which they can discuss natural talents and the development and application of strength.

Talent-Based Studying
Page 57A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students continue to move from reflection and evaluation to application and appreciate the role their talents and strengths play in making them their own best educator and learner.

Values Clarification
Page 6A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This exercise provides a basis to have a discussion regarding how values inform all behavior, including our careers. Students will most certainly have different values and in differing order. This particular exercise asks students to evaluate values through the lens of their themes. However, students will also bring values to this discussion from their past experience, including culture and upbringing.

 

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