Bridging

Involvement is no longer something that we talk about as ‘new’.

Purpose

It is more often the rule than the exception that engagement and active involvement are perceived as natural parts of a meeting.

This does however not mean that participant involvement has become trivial to talk about. Even though a meeting may intend to engage participants, physical conditions can make this impossible.

Opposite of feeling engaged are feelings of distancing, irrelevance and indifference. Avoid long, one-sided sales pitches and facilitate bridging between participants.

Set aside time in the programme

... in order to let participants reflect on themselves and each other. Let them start in smaller groups: What are their thoughts regarding the content of the meeting? How does it affect them? How do they see themselves in, for example, a sales situation? Pick up on the small group sessions in a plenary.

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Duration

Sessions of 30-60 minutes depending on your schedule.

Ideal group size

The method can be applied to groups of all sizes, the participants are divided into groups of 5 each.

Materials

it should be possible for the participants to sit together in smaller groups.

Tips & tricks

You can prepare questions on the subject, which the participants will discuss in small groups.

It can be useful in order to help get the dialogue going.