Leadership Inspirations Activities
Practice strong facilitation skills in a fun and creative way
Type Of Activity
Facilitation can be a tricky skill to master. Spend some time utilizing different facilitation techniques to become more comfortable.
- For more information on facilitation – refer to our article on Philosophy of Facilitation.
- Create a Powerpoint with the number of slides equal to the number of people in the group. Choose a random assortment of slides and topics to include – quotes, photos, charts, video etc. They can be relevant to your specific field or topic of discussion or can be totally random and unrelated.
- Assign every participant a number and ask them to remember their number. The number the participant gets will correlate to the slide number from the Powerpoint made beforehand.
- Each participant will get a turn at the front of the room facilitating to the group about the slide they have been assigned. It is important to tell participants to remember all of the facilitation tools they have learned prior.
- In addition, every facilitation must have some sort of connection between the slide the came previously and the slide that comes next to demonstrate quality transitions.
- Facilitator Note: As the facilitator you have control over how easy or difficult these transitions can be dependent on the topics and slides you include.
- Give each person 5-7 minutes to present, depending on the time you have available and the size of your group.
- After the Powerpoint has finished and everyone has had a chance to facilitate, engage the group in a large group debrief.
- If you don’t have access to technology, just find any number of random objects and assign them a number. The process can continue exactly as above.
- If participants are struggling with their introduction and conclusion transitions, encourage them to focus on only one. Instead of doing both during the facilitation karaoke, only ask participants to focus on their introduction or conclusion.
- Online: To facilitate this activity online, be prepared to share your screen on your platform or ask everyone to open a shared Google Slides presentation. You will need to cue participants when to switch to the next slide. Participants will still need to be responsible for remembering their own number and follow along with the presentation.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- What was the goal of this activity?
- Did your group do well? What could have improved?
- How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
- How did your group manage conflict that arose?
- What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
- When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
- What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
- What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
- What’s one commitment each person can make?
- What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
- How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
- What can you do differently moving forward?