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An opening exercise to clarify expectations in any workshop or training situation



This is an opening exercise to get out individual expectations from the program or workshop.





    Setting: Flipchart paper divided into 4 quadrants with titles

    Number of participants: 6 - any number

    Types of participants: any

    Time needed: 3 - 45 min.

    Pre-Work Required: The areas need to be decided on for each quadrant.

    Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: any

    Facilitator personality fit: any


    1. One flipchart sheet divided into 4 Quadrants.

    2. Ask the participants "what they expect from ...

    Quadrant 1 - The Training

    Quadrant 1 - The Trainer

    Quadrant 1 - From Yourself

    Quadrant 1 - Other Participants

    3 At the end of the program go back top the sheet to see what has been achieved.

    4 Equally it can show participants that they have a valuable role in the process and it is not just down to the trainer!


    Follow-Up Required: Check at the end

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: list of expectations


    Source: Des Fitzgerald

    Derived from: unknown

    History of Development: unknown

    Comments (3) (3.7 avg / 3 ratings)

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    • I have started using the phrase: "My greatest hope for this session is...." and have found this positive orientation helpful in shifting mindsets toward an optimistic stance.

      over 2 years ago
    • I have used this with small and large groups before the event or at the beginning of the session. I set up a Mural board and sent it to participants before the session. This serves to kick start engagement, help the facilitator in their preparation, and an opportunity for participants to use the online tool that may be used in the session.

      over 2 years ago
    • Can use stickies for people to answer the questions simultaneously and then post them. Then read them out. This could save time.

      over 5 years ago