Introductions for opening large meetings
- Tags and markers.
Setting: microphones appropriate for the size of the group. One floor phone per 50 - 100 people seems good.
Ideal conditions: Lots of space for people to mill around meeting each other.
Pre-Work Required: The topic has to be decided.
This introduction is best done with large groups say 50 and up.
1. As the people enter the room where the conference is beginning give each person a name tag and ask them to put one word describing a value or practice around service / helping they believe is the most important in their work. (Note: The topic of the conference or meeting could be the value or practice you would be looking for.)
2. Ask people to paste on the tag and look around the room for 4 or more people who have a similar value or experience.
1. When the session is about to begin call time.
2. What are some practices that four or more people found they shared in common?
3. What are some values that four or more of you found you shared in common? (The length of this discussion depends on the amount of time allocated. If there is little time do just the 3rd question.)
4. Who has the largest group in the room?
5. How many people in your group?
6. Who has the smallest group in the room?
7. How many people are in your group?
Thank the group and go into the introduction of the conference.
Follow-Up Required: None
Usual or Expected Outcomes: A number of people get to know each other, the topic of the session is introduced and people are beginning to discuss the topic.
Potential pitfalls: people don't look for others
Source: Michael Wong
History of Development: It was suggested by Michael Wong on the The GRP-FACL listserve.