The Quest #171: ๐Ÿงฐ10 Free Toolkits That I Can’t Live Without

Hello friends,

Many thanks for reading The Quest, your weekly round-up of tips and insights to help you design and lead exceptional online sessions that your group members will love.โค๏ธ

Welcome to week 3 of our 4-week series, where Iโ€™m sharing my all-time favorite resources for session design and facilitation!

Whether youโ€™re leading team meetings, online courses, group coaching sessions, or training, Iโ€™ve got some gems that will spark fresh ideas and inspire your work with groups.

So far I’ve shared:

Week 1: ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ10 facilitation podcasts that will accelerate your growth.

Week 2: ๐Ÿ“š10 books that will help you become an exceptional facilitator (and an all-around wiser person).

This week I’m excited to share ๐Ÿงฐ 10 Free Toolkits I Can’t Live Without.

Let’s dive right in!

Have you ever come up blank when looking for the perfect activity?

You need some ideas for a quick icebreaker but you don’t know where to look or who to ask? I know that feeling. That’s why a few years ago I started collecting toolkits.

I discovered that there are hundreds of toolkits out there.

I’ve spent hours pouring through warm-ups, activities, prompt questions, and closings. But it felt like I was trying to sip water from a firehose. I was drowning in options.

I now have my go-to toolkits.

They are expertly curated by seasoned facilitators. Dedicated people who have spent countless hours collecting, creating, and sharing tools.

In these toolkits, you will find ideas that help spark creativity, build community, and boost innovation. And they make working and learning in groups more playful and fun.

I’ve used these toolkits to come up with activities for my course Breakthrough Facilitation. And I consult them when I am looking for a little creative inspiration.

You’ll see that many of the tools focus on leading live online sessions. But you’ll also find lots of ideas for in-person and hybrid sessions.

Here is the list of 10 toolkits that I can’t live without๐Ÿ‘‡

1/ ๐Ÿงˆ Butter Facilitation for All GPT โ€‹

Meet the future of toolkits! A curated searchable resources toolkit by the incredible Butter team and community. Perfect for, well, everything!

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ The Sunset Activity

2/ โš™๏ธIDEOโ€™s Creative Tips + Tools.

Practical resources for bringing creativity into your life and putting it to work. Perfect for sparking innovation and creative thinking.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ 6 Ways to Kick Off Creative Meetingsโ€‹

3/ ๐Ÿ”งSession Lab Library of Facilitation Techniques.

A bank of 900 facilitation activities and methods that boost engagement, productivity, and participation. Ideal for virtual meetings and teams.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ Fortunate Meโ€‹

4/ โ›๏ธHyper Island Toolbox.

100 activities that cover energizers, innovation, leadership, team-building, well-being, and diversity-equity-inclusion-and belonging. Youโ€™ll find something for any kind of group here.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ I Like, I Wish, I Wonderโ€‹

5/ ๐Ÿช›Liberating Structures Methods Menuโ€‹

A menu of 33 methods that tap the collective intelligence and wisdom of groups. If you don’t know Liberating Structures it’s worth getting to know their game-changing work.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ 1-2-4-Allโ€‹

6/ ๐Ÿ”ฉMischief Makers Facilipediaโ€‹

A curation of facilitation techniques and activities to support teamwork and create better-aligned and more effective teams.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ Counting Game โ€‹

7/ ๐Ÿ’กGamestorming

A curated set of hundreds of co-creation tools used by innovators around the world based on the popular book. Good for fresh thinking, idea selection, team building, vision, and strategy.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ How Now Wowโ€‹

8/๐ŸŒ Atlassian Team Playbookโ€‹

A workshop resource built for teams, by teams proven to foster team connection and improve performance. Good for teamwork, creative thinking, and innovation.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ Icebreaker Activitiesโ€‹

9/ ๐ŸงฎShadow Playground Games & Activitiesโ€‹

A new toolkit curated by seasoned facilitator Ez Bridgman. It helps organizations and individuals connect to their playful vitality in their most important and challenging moments.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ Turn your camera off if…โ€‹

10/ ๐Ÿ”จChangemakers x Change Virtual Toolkit.

A compilation of resources for virtual sessions to help you create social impact. Brilliant for social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ Check-in Questionsโ€‹

Bonus toolkit –> 11/ ๐Ÿ› ๏ธCollective Impact Methods Kit โ€‹

Over 450 tools expertly curated by networks facilitator Brendon Johnson. Brendon has sifted through 40+ toolkits and meticulously tagged and rated each one. This is the toolkit of all toolkits!

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ Group Agreements for Networksโ€‹

Coming up in our 4-week resource series:

Week 4 –> ๐ŸŽฅClick-worthy YouTube videos

Stay tuned!

(P.S. I’ve got 9 out of 10 YouTube videos – I’m looking for 1 more:) Please let me know by hitting reply to this email).

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Creatively yours,

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