New Creative Tools!

The Spokesperson Newsletter from October 28, 2020

Hey there!
I have three new resources to share with you today. The first is a new book by my friend and co-author Marc Pimsler called Experiential Motivational Interviewing. He and his colleague Matthew McKenzie put together a wonderful mix of theory and experiential activities that is a great resource for any facilitator, therapist or counselor with an experiential-based practice. Motivational Interviewing is technically defined as a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention in the language of change (not interviewing a job candidate). It is designed to strength personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. It has 20 experiential activities included, and a wealth of theory that dives into the pedagogy of motivational interviewing.
The second is a new debriefing tool specifically designed with the National 4-H Program in mind. We received special permission to use the 4-H name and emblem, and created a tool specifically around the 4-H Pledge: ‘I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.’ I just love this pledge and all of the elements that go into it. I was in the 4-H program for 10 years as a child, and I firmly believe that the skills I learned in this program gave me amazing foundational skills in confidence and presentation skills. Thank you 4-H! I designed this tool to dissect each element of head, heart, hands, health and world and provide metaphoric tools to spark meaningful conversations and goal setting opportunities. And 10% of the proceeds will be donated directly back to the 4-H program. Check out the 4-H Pledge Debrief
The third tool is a new Virtual Scavenger Hunt specifically designed with a Camp Theme. I’ve been presenting at multiple virtual camp conferences lately, so I designed a specific Camp-Themed scavenger hunt to provide some fun connection with attendees in the virtual space. I put the graphic in last week’s newsletter, and I had multiple people email me and want to purchase the Assets to the hunt! There is high interest in finding fun, experiential ways to connect with their campers, families and staff in the virtual space. So this package is the full asset package to run this program on your own.
I will say that if you are attending an upcoming virtual camp conference and are attending the Virtual Scavenger Hunt workshop with me, then this asset package will be included in your registration to that conference. If you don’t have plans for this, then you can purchase this package and get to playing right away! Please send me an email if you have any questions about this.
And last but not least, this week Chris and I focused our Podcast Episode on: ‘How is Team Building with Younger Audiences Different than Working with Middle and High School Programs?’ Give this episode a listen!
Best wishes for an intentionally full and creative week!Have Fun Out There,Michelle CummingsFounder / Facilitator / Big WheelTraining