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20 How I See You

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20 How I See You

DESCRIPTION

This activity includes an instrument that analyzes an individual’s awareness of the behavior of others in the group and sets the scene for an open exchange of views between participants, first in a written form, then on a more personal one-to-one basis.

SITUATIONS

The activity is particularly useful in training courses that require feedback between participants on how they see each other in terms of the behavior exhibited. It is obviously an invaluable tool for interpersonal skills training events.

OBJECTIVES

To provide the opportunity for participants to give each other behavior awareness feedback in an open and realistic, but minimally threatening way

To provide a vehicle to open up discussion between participants in terms of how they perceive each other in a known situation

TRAINER

GUIDANCE

METHOD

There can be a considerable degree of risk in this activity, particularly if one or more of the participants have not been accepted by or made themselves acceptable to the remainder of the participants, although it is unlikely in such a circumstance, particularly if only one individual is involved, that the other participants will make comments that could hurt the individual. Since the purpose of the activity is to allow real feedback to emerge, unless there is no need for feedback of this nature, performance of the activity is justified.

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28 Past, Present, and Future

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28 Past, Present, and Future

DESCRIPTION

SITUATIONS

This is yet another variation on the theme of self-introduction using the posted written word rather than the often stressful verbal introduction. The written instrument in this case describes the views of the participants about themselves in terms of their past, present, and future.

This is useful at the start of any course where the participants do not know each other, or know each other only minimally. Other approaches are possible when the course participants know each other well and are wellknown to the trainer, and yet more when, although the participants are reasonably intimate, the trainer is the stranger. The activity might also be used at a later stage in an event than the introductory stages, when the trainer may be attempting to open up the participants to a degree of greater self-disclosure.

The activity is also useful in the early stages of a self-development event.

OBJECTIVES

TRAINER

GUIDANCE

To encourage group development by starting the members talking within the group

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22 The In-Tray

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22 The In-Tray

DESCRIPTION

This is basically an in-tray exercise in which the participants identify the priorities from a number of documents from a manager’s in-tray, under special circumstances that impose decision-making pressures.

SITUATIONS

The activity can be used in a variety of situations including training events concerned with communication, general management techniques that include problem solving and decision making, but particularly with reference to scheduling.

OBJECTIVES

To provide a basis for the introduction of a model that describes establishing priorities

To provide practice in the use of the priority model in planning, problem solving, decision making, and time management

TRAINER

GUIDANCE

METHOD

No special problems for the trainer arise in this type of activity. The trainer, however, has the possibility of different options in the way in which the activity is performed. Some of these are described in the “Method” section.

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Divide the participants into small groups, usually two or three groups of four participants each, and allocate study rooms.

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21 Image Identification

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21 Image Identification

DESCRIPTION

This activity is intended to encourage a free exchange of information between the members of a course in a form different from the traditional verbal method of self-introduction or introduction by another person following interviews in a paired or progressive grouping. It also sets the scene for a creative course environment by introducing creativity into what is basically a simple activity.

SITUATIONS

The activity can be used on any occasion when introductions of the group members are required, but more particularly when it is necessary for a rather different approach to be attempted. The trainer is often in a quandary about how to start a course in the most effective way and how to include an introductory activity when the members of the course are familiar with one another. In such an instance it would be inappropriate for the normal introductions to be sought. The use of images can make these introductions both enjoyable and often illuminating.

OBJECTIVES

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33 Progressive Introductions

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33 Progressive Introductions

DESCRIPTION

This introductory activity extends the method described in Activity 27

(participants interview each other than introduce each other, thereby alleviating the stress of self-introduction) and utilizes progressively larger groups in the mutual introduction approach.

SITUATIONS

This is useful at the start of any course where the participants do not know each other, or know each other only minimally. Other approaches are possible when the course participants know each other well and are wellknown to the trainer, and more so when, although the participants are reasonably intimate, the trainer is the stranger. Additionally, this may be necessary to ease the transition when there may be difficulties in encouraging the participants to express themselves in a large group or when group interaction will be an essential part of the event.

OBJECTIVES

To encourage group development by starting the members talking within the group

To give each member some indication of the job, interests, etc., of the other members of the group

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