I Wish

Purpose: to make the participants decide what they wish the outcome of the meeting to be, to make the participants talk together and to get a picture of the expectations of the participants.

If you are interested in seeing the exercise done, you can click on the video-icon in the bar to the right.

Description:

Opening exercise that can be used in the beginning of a course or a meeting. The exercise is developed by Thiagi from India, and is  described here in my words.

Purpose:

  • To make the participants decide what they wish the outcome of the meeting to be. 
  • To make the participants talk together
  • To get a picture of the expectations of the participants

When:

This exercise fits the best in the beginning of a meeting

Time:

10-20 minutes

Materials needed:

Paper and pens for everyone

Best suited for:

Groups of 6-100 people

How to get started:

  • Ask everyone to pick a piece of paper and write three things down that they wishes for to obtain from the meeting or course.
  • After 2-3 minutes, ask them to go out on the floor and find someone to talk to. They are now to greet each other and share their wishes. After 3-4 minutes, ask everyone to find a new person to talk to.
  • Ask everyone to go back to their seats. Let them talk together in lesser groups of 2-6 persons (according to the way of seating). Give them 5 minutes to agree on which 3 wishes that are the most dominant.
  • Take a round asking 3-4 groups what they have found out.

A variant:

- Ask the groups to write down the top 3 expectations on blocks and showcase them on the wall.

- If you don’t have time for a debriefing, count to three and let everyone yell their biggest wish as loudly as possible.

- Eventually, ask the participants to describe their expectations for the meeting using their cell phone, their keys, something in their wallet or in their purse.

More info about this exercise:

Bo Krüger, Moving Minds, bo@movingmi...

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