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Conversation exercises

  1. 1. Conversation exercises
  2. 2. Exercise # 1 Questions to start a conversation
  3. 3. Examples of questions to start a conversation Source Pink, Daniel: To sell is human: The surprising truth about moving others, location 2716. http://www.amazon.de/Sell-Human-Surprising-Influencing-ebook/dp/B00AO3K05S/ Where do you come from? What do you do?
  4. 4. Exercise # 2 What is interesting for you?
  5. 5. What’s interesting for you regarding this topic? ½ minute per person
  6. 6. Exercise # 3 What is important for you?
  7. 7. What is important to you regarding this topic? ½ minute per person
  8. 8. Exercise # 4 What is your idea to solve the problem?
  9. 9. ½ minute per person Each of you, please communicate 1 idea to solve the problem.
  10. 10. Exercise # 5 What success experience can you share?
  11. 11. Share a success experience. 1 minute per person Each of you, please share a success experience, you had in your life.
  12. 12. Exercise # 6 3 minute chat with the person next to you
  13. 13. What is important to you in what has just been presented? 3 minute chat with the person next to you
  14. 14. Further questions  For you, what was a key take-away from this presentation?  What can you use from the presentation?  What do you think about x?  How do you feel about this?
  15. 15.  What do you think we should do next?  What might you do differently going forward?  How can you contribute?  What do you need to know more about?  What do you feel uncomfortable about regarding this? Further questions
  16. 16. Inspiration sources Ib Ravn: Facilitering, p. 93-94. https://hbr.org/2014/08/four-ways-to-fix-the-qa-session/ http://legacy.hbr.org/tip/2014/10/30/turn-your-boring-qa-session-around
  17. 17. Exercise # 7 First impressions game
  18. 18. Step # 1 Each of you, please walk over to a person you do not know. Please have a 1 minute conversation with that person.
  19. 19. Step # 2 Using post-it notes, please write first impressions about the person and put them on his or her back. Use 1 post-it note per impression. Examples  You have a beautiful smile.  You are a great listener.
  20. 20. Step # 3 Please move to another person, you don’t know, and have a 1-minute conversation with that person.
  21. 21. Step # 4 After each of you has spoken with 5 people, please sit down. For each person in the room, the person on his/her left reads out loud what is written on the post-it notes on his/her back.
  22. 22. Exercise # 8 How can you help?
  23. 23. Step # 1 A group of 10-20 people, who work with each other, gather. Step # 2 Each person makes a personal request for help to the others. Step # 3 Group members use their knowledge, resources, and connections to help / grant the request. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/givers_take_all_the_hidden_dimension_of_corporate_culture
  24. 24. Exercise # 9 Appreciative inquiry exercise
  25. 25. Part A. 2 minutes What is the best experience you’ve had with X? Part B. 2 minutes What did you do to make this experience really good? Part C. 2 minutes What would you wish was possible in relation to X? Part D. 2 minutes What can you do to make your wishes come true? Please be concrete.
  26. 26. Exercise # 10 Poster exercise
  27. 27. 4 participants each place a poster in each corner of the room. The other participants in the room split up in each corner. Each of the 4 participants with posters talks about his/her idea for 5 minutes. Round # 1. 5 minutes
  28. 28. Using post-it notes, each participant places questions on any poster. Round # 2: 5 minutes
  29. 29. Round # 2: 5 minutes In groups of 2 persons, participants discuss questions with each other.
  30. 30. Exercise # 11 How can we improve the questions? http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/11/learning-to-ask-the-right-question-2/
  31. 31. Step # 1 The workshop moderator suggests a topic to work on. Example: Innovating farming. Step # 2 Participants develop questions.
  32. 32. Step # 3 Participants improve questions. Step # 4 Participants prioritize questions. The moderator defines criteria for prioritizing questions.
  33. 33. Step # 5 Participants and moderator decide on next steps. Step # 6 Participants reflect on what they have learned during the exercise.
  34. 34. Exercise # 12 Ideas from 2 consultants
  35. 35. Preparation Participants are named as A, B, and C persons respectively. Groups of 3 persons are made. Each group consists of the following persons:  One A Person.  One B Person.  One C Person.
  36. 36. Part # 1. 2 minutes Person A talks about a challenge he/she has at work. Persons B and C listen.
  37. 37. Part # 2. 5 minutes Persons B and C give feedback to person A by speaking to each other, i.e. they ignore person A. Examples:  What would happen if he/she.…?  I’m thinking about whether he/she needs to do activity B in that way?  Why doesn’t he/she….?  Here’s what I would do:….. Person A writes down what he/she can use.
  38. 38. Part # 3. 5 minutes Person A picks out what he or she thinks is the best idea. Person A discusses this idea with person B and C.
  39. 39. Exercise # 13 Creating multiple choice questions
  40. 40. Each of you, please create 3 multiple choice questions about course related topics. Each question should  be relevant.  be concrete, simple, and clear.  have minimum 3 different answers of which minimum 1 answer is correct. Part A. Create multiple choice questions. 5 minutes
  41. 41. Please pass the multiple choice question to the person on your left, and let him/her do the multiple choice test. Part B. 2 minutes
  42. 42. Please hand the multiple choice test, you have just taken, to the person on your left, and ask him / her to correct the test. The person correcting the test gives a short feedback to the person, who did the test - arguing for why the answer of the question is right or wrong. Part C. 5 minutes
  43. 43. Exercise # 14 What do we have in common?
  44. 44. Source Pink, Daniel: To sell is human: The surprising truth about moving others, location http://www.amazon.de/Sell-Human-Surprising-Influencing-ebook/dp/B00AO3K05S/, location 1230. Step # 1 Groups of 3 – 4 people are formed.
  45. 45. Source Pink, Daniel: To sell is human: The surprising truth about moving others, location http://www.amazon.de/Sell-Human-Surprising-Influencing-ebook/dp/B00AO3K05S/, location 1230. Step # 2 Participants in each group find out what they have in common.
  46. 46. Exercise # 15 Individual reflection exercise
  47. 47. 2 questions to reflect individually on for 3 minutes Question # 1 When you think about what you have worked on, what is most clear in your mind? Question # 2 When you think about what you have worked on, what is the most useful for you in your life at the moment?
  48. 48. Further individual reflection questions What do you think is the essence in this meeting? What challenges does each one of you have in this area? Adapted from Ravn, Ib: Facilitering, p. 96.
  49. 49. Exercise # 16 Take home message
  50. 50. Each one of you, please reflect individually for 2 minutes about what you will take home from this event, i.e. what you personally can use.
  51. 51. Exercise # 17 Individual feedback assignment
  52. 52. How was the event? Please draw a line of your choice + - Start Finish What, in particular, did you like?  
  53. 53. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/creativity-exercises http://issuu.com/frankcalberg/docs/brainstormingdisney http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/six-thinking-hats-9989762 http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/brainstorming-the-scamper-method http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/facilitationmoderation-of-meetings
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