UNZIP-it! with Common Ground Conversation Card Deck

UNZIP-it! and start talking about topics that matter!

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It's time to open up the conversation and talk about the unspeakable! Pop a bunch of pertinent questions into the UNZIP-it!™ zipper mouth and pass the pouch from player to player. Unzip the playful pocket and pull out a discussion topic to spark conversation and build relationships. Invite recipients to pull out a topic, read it to the group and respond.

Stuff the pocket with the deck of 30 cards. Each deck contains the same prompts as its namesake Thumball (you can customize any blank cards with your own discussion prompts)


As you try to generate conversation and build new friendships and relationships, a key challenge is finding “common ground” experiences and interests that you share with others. This deck helps to uncover these commonalities. (Click on the card images above to see the prompts)


The Common Ground discussion prompts help build new friendships and relationships, by helping you explore experiences and interests that you share with others.

Prompts will help players to delve into new topics that draw out commonalities and shared experiences, for instance:

  • Time: Ways to spend free time, weekends, vacations, etc.
  • Favorites: Favorite foods, activities, apps, show, books
  • People: Family and friends who impact your life
  • Growth: Goals, talents, or skills you'd like to develop
  • Moolah: What you'd spend money on 
  • You: claims to fame and more...

The inscription on the back says it all:

Feeling shy about speaking out?

Or, not sure what to talk about?

It's easy now to start the flow,

And have discussions bloom and grow.

Unzip the pouch and pick a topic,

Big and broad, or microscopic,

A prompt that doesn't dig too deep,

Or one that makes you take a leap.

Go ahead, reach in and pick it,

Read the prompt and then UNZIP-it!

Pocket: 8” x 6”
Cards: 3.5” x 2.5”

[NOTE: Silver Series Conversation Prompts are available as Thumballs, UNZiP-IT! Pocket & Deck, and Virtual/Remote PPT.]


** TIPS **

Facilitation Suggestions:

Take turns circulating the UNZIP-it!™  Ask players to answer the prompt they've pulled out of the pouch

If you want to kick it up a notch, try these creative twists:

  1. Ask players to anticipate what answer will be given by another player.
  2. Have players recall answers given by previous responders, before adding their own answer.
  3. Ask first recipient to select a question panel to which all players must respond or contribute.
  4. Ask listeners what they think the prompt was.


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UNZIP-it! with Common Ground Conversation Card Deck

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