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Conversation exercises

Conversation exercises



Conversation exercises to use when people meet, for example at events / gatherings. Exercises can also be helpful for professors at universities who want to involve students.

Conversation exercises to use when people meet, for example at events / gatherings. Exercises can also be helpful for professors at universities who want to involve students.



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    • Conversation exercises
    • Exercises # 1 – 3For groups of 2 people.Exercises # 4 – 10For groups of 3 or more people.Exercises # 11 - 14Individual exercises.
    • Exercise # 1 3 minute chatwith the person next to you
    • 3 minute chat with the person next to you What is important to you in what has just been presented?Source: http://www.mpiweb.org/Archive?id=3604
    • Other questions to ask What can you use from the presentation? What do you think we should do next? How can you contribute? What do you think about x? How do you feel about this? What do you need to know more about? What do you feel uncomfortable about regarding this plan?Source: Ravn, Ib: Facilitering, p. 93-94.
    • Exercise # 2Questions to start aconversation
    • Examples of questions to start a conversation Where do you come from? What do you do?SourcePink, Daniel: To sell is human: The surprising truth about moving others, location 2716.http://www.amazon.de/Sell-Human-Surprising-Influencing-ebook/dp/B00AO3K05S/
    • Exercise # 3Appreciative inquiryassignment
    • Part A. 2 minutesWhat is the best experience you’ve had with X?Part B. 2 minutesWhat did you do to make this experience really good?Part C. 2 minutesWhat would you wish was possible in relation to X?Part D. 2 minutesWhat can you do to make your wishes come true?Please be concrete.
    • Exercise # 4 First impressions gameSourcehttp://www.sustainable-employee-motivation.com/meeting-icebreakers.html#whoami
    • Step # 1 Please walk over to a person you don’t know. Have a brief conversation with that person for about 1 minute.
    • Step # 2Using post-it notes, please write first impressionsabout the person and put them on his or herback. Use 1 post-it note per impression.Examples: You have a beautiful smile. You are a great listener.
    • Step # 3 Move to another person, you don’t know, and repeat step # 2.
    • Step # 4After about 10 minutes, people come backto their seats.For each person in the room, the person onhis/her left reads out what is written on thepost-it notes on his/her back.
    • Example # 5Poster session
    • Round # 1. 5 minutes1. 4 participants each place a poster in each corner of the room.2. The other participants in the room split up in each corner.3. Each of the 4 participants with posters talks about his/her idea for 5 minutes.
    • Round # 2: 10 minutes Using post-it notes, each participant places questions on any poster. In groups of 2 persons, participants discuss questions with each other.
    • Exercise # 6 Questioning exercise
    • Step # 1:The workshop moderator suggests a focus topicExample: Education innovation.Step # 2:Participants develop questionsSourcehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/11/learning-to-ask-the-right-question-2/
    • Step # 3:Participants improve questionsStep # 4:Participants prioritize questionsThe moderator defines criteria for prioritizing questions.Sourcehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/11/learning-to-ask-the-right-question-2/
    • Step # 5:Participants and moderator decide on next stepsStep # 6:Participants reflect on what they have learnedduring the exerciseSourcehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/09/11/learning-to-ask-the-right-question-2/
    • Exercise # 7 Ideas from 2 consultantsSourcehttp://www.mpiweb.org/Archive?id=3604
    • PreparationParticipants are named as A, B, and C personsrespectively.Groups of 3 persons are made.Each group consists of the following persons: One A Person. One B Person. One C Person.
    • Part # 1. 2 minutesPerson A talks about a challenge he/shehas at work.Persons B and C listen.
    • Part # 2. 5 minutesPersons B and C give feedback to person A byspeaking 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.
    • Part # 3. 5 minutesPerson A picks out what he or she thinks isthe best idea.Person A discusses this idea with person Band C.
    • Exercise # 8Multiple choice creation assignment
    • Part A. 5 minutesEach of you, please make 3 multiple choicequestions 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 B. 2 minutes Please pass the multiple choice question to the person on your left, and let him/her do the test.
    • Part C. 5 minutesPlease hand the test, you have just taken, tothe person on your left, and let him/her correctthe test.The person correcting the test gives a shortfeedback to the person, who did the test -arguing for why the answer of the question isright or wrong.
    • Exercise # 9Round robin exercise
    • ½ minute per person What’s interesting for you regarding this topic?
    • ½ minute per person What’s important to you regarding this topic?
    • ½ minute per person Each of you, please make 1 suggestion for solving the problem mentioned.
    • Exercise # 10What do we have in common?
    • Step # 1 Groups of 3 – 4 people are formed.SourcePink, Daniel: To sell is human: The surprising truth about moving others, locationhttp://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.SourcePink, Daniel: To sell is human: The surprising truth about moving others, locationhttp://www.amazon.de/Sell-Human-Surprising-Influencing-ebook/dp/B00AO3K05S/,location 1230.
    • Exercise # 11 Relationship self testSourcehttp://www.relationshipbooksinfo.com/the-bibace-5-minute-test
    • Step # 1 Make a mental list of up to 3 people with whom you feel you have the best relationships.
    • Step # 2 Make a second list of up to 3 people who make you feel the best about yourself.
    • Step # 3 If the lists are identical or almost identical, you have your answer.
    • Exercise # 12 Individual reflectionassignment
    • 2 questions to reflect individually on for 3 minutesQuestion # 1What in particular, regarding the content of whatyou have worked on, is most clear in your mind?Question # 2Thinking about what you have worked on, what isthe most useful for you in your life at the moment?
    • Other questions to askWhat do you think is the essence in this discussion?What challenges does each one of you have in this area?Source: Ravn, Ib: Facilitering, p. 96.
    • Exercise # 13 Take home message
    • Please reflect individually for 2 minutes aboutwhat you will take home from this event, i.e.what you personally can use.
    • Exercise # 14 Individual feedback assignment
    • Name: How was the event? Please draw a line of your choice + - Start FinishWhat, in particular, did you like?1.2.3. Thanks very much in advance for your feedback.