IAF Methods

Quick Reviews in 2 minutes

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This process is used at the end of a group activity (or in between) in order to review the content or atmosphere in a quick and easy way in just two minutes.
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This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.


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Setting: No material is needed or recommended.

Number of participants: any

Types of participants: Any types of participants can be involved in this process.

Time needed: The time needed is only two minutes.

Ideal conditions: There are no special conditions needed.

Pre-Work Required: There is no work that needs to be done beforehand.

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary.

Facilitator personality fit: This is a easy method that can be practised by anyone.


Having only two minutes to review an activity, these exercises can help to keep things simple, say very little, and most importantly focus on the positive aspects.

1. Story telling in rounds
This is a fun communication exercise that requires concentration. the facilitator asks the group to tell a story about the last activity. This is done in turn, in which each person is only allowed to say one word, or a punctuation mark. This way the group has to listen to one another and work together in order to make the story work.

2. Three pictures (magic moments)
This exercise gives participants the opportunity to reflect the undergone activities for themselves. The facilitator asks the attenders to close their eyes (lay down etc.) and ask them to focus on something positive when hearing the following.
The participants are asked to "Picture three 'magic moments'
from the activity that they would like to remember.
Picture 1 is something that the person him- or herself did or said. [pause]
Picture 2 is something another person did or said. [pause]
Picture 3 should show a magic or good moment for the whole group. [pause]"
This exercise helps to recall the activity and to relax for a brief moment.

3. Three replays (Freeze, Frame or Clips)
In this exercise the facilitator asks the participants to replay/recreate moments that they wish were caught on camera (e.g. a funny moment, a success, surprise etc.). These replays can be done by one person, a pair or a small group, depending on the situation they want to reconstruct. These situations can be moments from exercise 2, or any moment that the participants consider memorable.

4. Positive feedback for individuals
The facilitator should ask the participants to name 2 good things about each person (and his/her behaviour) during the activity. In case a person gets no, or only little feedback the facilitator should have two, or more examples ready. This exercise boosts the participants' self-confidence and exalts the chances that the people learn from each others' examples.

5. Buddy time
The facilitator asks the participants to get together in pairs and to talk about a certain topic. This can be something funny, bad, successful etc. that happened during the activity, but should be something that gets people talking. Another option would be that the two persons working together give each other positive feedback. This can be done in turns, person 1 saying one statement about person 2, then the other way around, in order to guarantee a balance. The turns can be repeated until time is over.


Follow-Up Required: There is no follow-up required.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: The outcome is an overview of people's mood, energy level, experiences, wishes etc..

Potential pitfalls: A problem could occur when the process takes longer than the concise estimated time. This could disturb the schedule.

How success is evaluated: the process is successful when the facilitator knows how the participants feel, and then uses it to plan the next steps, or workshops (e.g. an immediate break).


Source: Roger Greenaway

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  • Three more great tools for reflection.

    about 3 years ago