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Activity 50: You’re fine, how am I?

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Preparation

1. In advance of the course, with a thick black felt tip pen, mark one card with an “X,” one with a square, and one with a circle.

Draw the symbols large enough to almost fill the cards.

2. On the back of the card bearing the “X,” write the words “You will choose this one.”

3. On the front of the envelope, write the words “You will choose the circle.”

4. Inside the flap of the envelope, write the words “You will choose the square.”

5. Place all three cards inside the envelope and place the envelope face down on the table.

Method

1. Carefully remove the cards from the envelope so that the words on the envelope are not visible to the group.

2. Place the three cards, symbols facing up on the table, again being careful to keep the words on the back of the “X” card hidden from the group.

3. Explain that the symbols are internationally accepted in mental telepathy testing.

4. Ask for a volunteer from the group.

5. You, the trainer, will concentrate your thoughts and direct the volunteer to choose a symbol. Close your eyes and place your hands to your forehead (moaning is optional).

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Activity 4: Did you hear that?

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Preparation

Photocopy Exercises 4.1 through 4.8 for each participant.

Method

1. Divide the entire group into teams of seven.

2. Each team consists of six members and an observer.

3. The team of six is to form a task force that will be given an instruction sheet (Exercise 4.1).

4. The observer is given a different instruction sheet (Exercise

4.2) and will not join in the activity. Observers are to record what they see and hear and report the findings to the entire group at the end.

5. When the task force(s) have been formed, hand the solution sheet (Exercise 4.1) to one member in each.

6. When the task force(s) have read the instructions, hand out an information sheet (Exercises 4.3 through 4.8) to each of the individual members.

7. Start the task and stop it after 30 minutes.

8. Reassemble the teams into the entire group for feedback.

9. Assess the results and see if any team completed the tasks.

10. Ask members of the team for their comments, in turn, about how well they worked together. Then invite the observer(s) to report their findings.

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Activity 5: Don’t Ask

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Equipment

• Camcorder

• Playback monitor

Materials

• Notepaper and pens or pencils for the contributors and observers

• Flipchart stand, paper, and marker pens

Preparation

You may wish to complete Activities 34, 45, and 24 with the participants before doing this one.

Method

1. Ask for problem statements from the participants and allow the group to choose one to work on in this activity.

2. Whoever calls out the problem chosen by the group adopts the role of the “problem owner” in the meeting simulation.

3. Select a participant to take the role of the process leader whose job is to lead the meeting through the stages of the problem.

4. Select an additional four or five participants to take part in the meeting simulation as contributors.

5. Ask the remaining participants of the group to observe and take notes on what they see happening during the meeting.

6. The objective of the meeting is to arrive at a solution for the chosen problem.

7. Ask the first meeting group to take their place in front of the camera and tell them that they have a maximum of 15 minutes to arrive at a solution for the problem.

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Activity 23: Making the Tea

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Materials

• Notepaper and pens for the participants

• Flipchart stand, paper, and marker pens

Preparation

None

Method

1. Divide the group into subgroups of not more than six people.

2. Explain the objective.

3. Explain the time limit.

4. Send the groups to their work areas.

5. Start timing the exercise.

6. At the end of the time period, gather all the subgroups together and start the presentation or feedback.

Trainer Guidance

The task for each subgroup is to write down the procedure for making tea. The procedure must contain clear, concise instructions so that someone who has never made tea before can follow the procedure and successfully produce a cup of tea for the trainer. At the end of the time period, a spokesperson from each subgroup will read aloud the procedure used and answer questions from the other subgroup.

Conclusion

This activity can be used with all groups, at all levels within an organization. Some participants will feel the activity is facile and, when allowed 20 minutes to complete, their initial reaction is that they will finish in 10. But it is much more difficult than it looks, and groups often need the full 30 minutes, and even then may not have finished.

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Activity 47: Who wrote this?

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Method

1. Put Handout 47.1 on top of Handout 47.2 and place the pages together and face down in front of each participant.

2. Announce that you will give the participants a few minutes to read the papers and then you will ask some questions.

3. Look at your watch as if you intend to time the reading and say

“Go!”

4. After the conclusion, distribute a copy of Handout 47.3 to each participant.

Trainer Guidance

All participants will turn the pages together and should see Handout

47.1 first. Most, if not all, will turn immediately to the second page.

Allow about 2 minutes and then ask the participants the following questions and write their answers on a flipchart.

1. Which page did you read first? (Most participants will read page 2 first.)

2. Why? (Because it is easier to read.)

3. What do you remember from page 2? (Most people will remember most of the points.)

4. What do you remember from page 1? (Very little.)

5. Why was page 2 easier to read? (Big letters, simple sentences, clear layout)

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