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Adding Participation to Conference Speechmaking

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Additional info

Goal

To build liveliness and audience participation into a conference format filled with speeches and panels.

Attachments

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Materials

  • microphone
  • printed questions or power point slide with questions

Instructions

Before

Setting: May have questions printed on papers at each seat; or put up on power point

Types of participants: anyone

Time needed: 10-20 minutes for each reflection

Ideal conditions: round tables, but not necessary

Pre-Work Required: working through questions suitable for subject and audience; briefing of speakers

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Requires briefing of speakers in advance to gain their support.


During

After each speech, audience is invited to talk in groups of 4-5 persons where they are seated to reflect on 1) key points that struck or interested them; 2)experiences that they are reminded of; 3)questions they'd like to ask; 4)other points or perspectives they'd like to add; 5)implications for their work/life; 6) questions may be written and collected for later consideration by speaker. If group is no larger than about 50 persons, MC may ask for some reflections from various discussion groups.

After

Follow-Up Required: Comments may be recorded and documented.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: intensified interest in conference topic; deeper thinking on topic

Potential pitfalls: speakers resent time taken away from their speech

How success is evaluated: participant feedback and level of participation during reflection periods

Examples of successes and failures: Used at Malaysia Women's Conference with about 500 participants, 2003

Background

Source: Ann Epps, LENS International Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Derived from: Technology of Participation, Focused Discussion Method

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  • I used this at a conference on public consultation -- I used tent cards with the questions in the middle of each table. The speakers were happy that they got informed questions from the groups after they had thought about the presentation.

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