Recently, when designing a workshop for a large group (around 50 participants), I was picturing a particular activity that needed shared conversations and responses to specific questions.  For some reason, breaking the group immediately into 6 groups of 8 (give or take) didn’t feel quite right for this particular element.

From somewhere came an idea to build up to the break out groups.  In this case, the six break-out spaces were ‘prepared earlier’ with templates on flip charts.  The final process went as follows.

Start a conversation in pairs  – one : one.

Find another two people to become a foursome – share your views.

When you’re done, find another foursome.  Keep the conversation going and share any changes in your perspective since the discussions started.

Find a wall space and record your findings.

By starting with one on one chats, everyone got a chance to put their views into the mix from the beginning.   There are more than likely variations and different applications on this theme that are possible.  Has anyone else tried something like this as a lead up to break out groups?

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney- business and strategic planning – team conversations

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney- business and strategic planning – team conversations

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  1. Lynn – I love this idea. I may use this at an off-site I’m leading in a few weeks.

    Great April – it works nicely with variations as an introduction activity too.

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