IAF Methods

Lowering the Anxiety Level to Increase Participation

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Switching from large-group format to another format

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Goal

Lowering the anxiety level of participants to encourage participation

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Materials

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Instructions

During

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.

After

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.

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