IAF Methods

Introduction Interview

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This approach is used to give participants of a workshop/training the possibility to get more in-depth acquainted with other participants, in an informal atmosphere. 

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Ideal conditions: The room (or outside) should be big enough for the different pairs to sit down and talk in peace.

Pre-Work Required: The facilitator could prepare a list of questions that have to / can be asked.


1. The first step is to sit together in pairs and interview each other. One can use the method of an open interview, meaning that the participants think of a question themselves. It is also possible to have a list of questions from which the attending can choose. Another, more creative method would be the acrostic one. Meaning that one describes him-/herself with the letters of his/her name (e.g. SUE = sweet, unmusical, enthusiastic). A last option would be to just tell each other things about oneself that he/she considers to be interesting to others.
2. Now in a kind of Plenary one partner introduces the other one to the group. He/She can mention whatever was considered interesting or what they had in common etc..


Follow-Up Required: There is no follow-up required, but a reflection is of course possible.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: The outcome of this process are participants that feel more comfortable around each other.

Potential pitfalls: If the introduction of another is too extensive it will be hard to stick to the schedule.

How success is evaluated: The process is successful when the plenary shows that people actually got to know each other.


Source: Patrick Boel - June, 2006

Alternative names: In-depth Interview, Introduce your Partner

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