Switching from large-group format to another format
Lowering the anxiety level of participants to encourage participation
- May need flipcharts and markers
Switch from large-group open discussion to a different format that lowers the anxiety level. Often, idea listing is the perfect remedy. If safety is a major concern, small group activities are very important. Then provide a safe way to bring small group results to the whole group.
Potential pitfalls: Low participation can create the impression that a lot of work is getting done in a hurry. This leads to one of the worst errors a facilitator can make: assume that silence means consent, and do nothing to encourage more participation.