November 14, 2013 Leave a comment
This is one TIP from our collection of practical tips, tools, and techniques. Our tips are gathered from our experience, training classes, and alumni contributions.
Warming Up A Group
This ice breaker is useful for people that are unfamiliar with each other, or for familiar groups that need some new dimension to their relationships for the purpose of the workshop. It may take up to one-half hour for a group of nine, so manages your time accordingly.
- 2 minutes: Have each person write their name on a small piece of paper. Collect the names in a container (e.g., bowl, box). Have each participant pick a piece of paper.
- 5-10 minutes: Allow a few minutes for each person to find the person named on their piece of paper and “interview” them.
- 3 minutes: Have the participants write a newspaper or magazine headline that describes an event or accomplishment of the person named on their piece of paper. Consider a specific newspaper or magazine that most members of the group are likely to read. Either emphasize a personal or professional accomplishment, but consistently emphasize the perspective you choose. Consider the headline appearing on a specific page or within a specific column of the magazine or newspaper that is well appreciated or frequently read by the participants.
- 5-10 minutes: Have each person read the headline for the person named on the piece of paper.
Move the headline to some point in the future (eg, five years from now) when it becomes the aspiration of the participant rather than an actual accomplishment.
Become Part of the Solution, Improve Your Facilitation Skills
The FAST curriculum on Professional Facilitation Skills details the responsibilities and dynamics mentioned above. Remember, nobody is smarter than everybody, so consult your FAST Facilitator Reference Manual or attend a FAST professional facilitative leadership training workshop offered around the world (see MG Rush for a current schedule — an excellent way to earn 40 PDUs from PMI, CDUs from IIBA, or CEUs).
Do not forget to order Change or Die if you working on a business process improvement project. It provides detailed workshop agendas and detailed tools to make your role easier and your team’s performance a lot more effective—daring you to embrace the will, wisdom, and activities that amplify a facilitative leader.
- 15 Critical Guidelines that Are Followed by Highly Effective Facilitators (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Help a Group Decide the WHY, WHAT, & HOW – Purpose, Criteria, & Options (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- What is the Difference Between Structured Facilitation and Kum Ba Yah Facilitation? (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- Effective Facilitators Remember to Control and Remove All Distractions (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)