Silent personal commitment at the end of any facilitation event
For each participant to commit to carry out results or learning from a session
Setting: End of meeting. Personal notebook, handheld organizer, or piece of paper.
Types of participants: All
Time needed: 3 minutes
Ideal conditions: Just before ending time
Pre-Work Required: none
Facilitator personality fit: Ability to create and allow personal silent thinking time.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): No specific skills required
Ask each person to find a piece of paper they will see later and write down their personal commitment to following through on the meeting: i.e. finish the sentence "I will..."
Follow-Up Required: Ask if anyone wants to share -- I usually tease that extroverts need to declare their commitment out loud to really believe it....
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Personal commitment
Potential pitfalls: No way to actually know that people made a commitment related to the topic, because it is silent
How success is evaluated: Sometimes a few people will share out loud. Real success is when people follow through on their personal commitments.
Source: Jo Nelson
History of Development: From watching people say "politically correct" commitments out loud, and introverts struggle with time to reflect.