Proud of… (CH-Q)

General Aim

This is part of the series of CH-Q exercises.
This exercise aims to get participants to describe a situation and with it demonstrate certain skills, feelings and motivations.

Learning goals

1. Describing a situation in such a way that it is possible to recognise their competences.
2. Learn to translate the work done in an activity.
3. Link with emotions.

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

CH-Q is about optimising existing internal strengths and converting them into different levels of recognition (from informal to formal). Tips for the facilitator:
Using the worksheet Proud of … is the first real step in filling in the portfolio. Make it as pleasant as possible, so
● they will be proud of the outcomes of the exercise
● proud of themselves
● and inspired by such exercises.



Suggested group

6-12 persons


CH-Q worksheet 1: Qualities.


30 – 45 minutes


Step 1: (in pairs)
The facilitator asks the participants to ask the person sitting next to them some questions about his or her life, in 5 minutes. It is important to take notes.
Examples for questions are:
● Name:
● Where does she/he come from?
● What does she/he like to do in his/her spare time?
● Family members?
● What are important things to you?
● What makes you happy?
● What are your challenges?
● Why this training?
● What are you bringing to this training and what are you expecting to get?
Alternative is that each person gets 7,5 minutes to tell about him/herself, of which the last 2,5 minutes can be used to ask for clarification / more details. This creates a more intense look inwards.
Step 2: (Individual:) Participants read notes about the other, and select the most important items, summarising them.
(max. 5 minutes, no consultation)
Step 3: (plenary:) Each participant introduces the other person of the pairs to the group.
each introduction: max. 90 seconds (use a stopwatch!!!)
Alternative to a stopwatch is using a larger size matchstick (which burns around one minute). The presenter holds the match and can talk as long as the flame lights. This creates additional tension, while presenting the other.
Step 4: Participants are asked to describe in the table at “Worksheet 1” three – five qualities of the other person and write in the second column a short note about where they have seen this quality.
max 3 minutes
Step 5: After completing this, the person gives the quality list to the other person in the pair.
This is the first valuation that takes place: a fairly stranger who describes, after 30 minutes of the training, 3-5 good/positive ´qualities´, actually the first start of the competence biography in the portfolio.
The list with qualities is handed over with words like ´Please, these are the positive qualities I have noticed´ and the list is accepted with the words ´THANK YOU´. These two words are still one of the highest forms of appreciation/compliment/informal valuation.

Evaluation/Final debriefing

There is no evaluation.
The real evaluation takes place during the following exercises in the effectiveness of working together and individually.


CH-Q career development process (Worklife Guidance Toolbox – EU-project)
CH-Q Kompetenzmanagement Portal (in German)
CH-Q model for competence management (Euroguidance)
“Ver-kennen van Competenties” in the Dutch army with CH-Q (Example of successful practice: “Scouting comptencies”) ESF-project, in German.