Getting to know each other and myself

General Aim

To set the introduction of participants as an integral part of the training, by not introducing themselves but by another participant. This exercise is previously used before the sessions of CH-Q methodology.

Learning goals

In a limited timeframe
1. Explaining to another person who you are
2. Listening
3. Selecting most important details
4. Summarising
5. Checking
6. Identifying main qualities
7. Presenting the other person to the group
8. Giving feedback to each other

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

Description:
See steps below
Background
This exercise is a special introduction method, in which the introduction process itself is more important than the content.
Tips:
1. The time is very short and that brings on one hand stress and on the other hand extreme joyfulness. Let it go because it will break the ice.
2. To make it more dramatic (and fun): give the person who presents the other a match (3 or 5 cm long) and the presenter may talk as long as the match burns. A lot of attention goes to the match and the presentation is more free.
3. Use the evaluation as an introduction for the following (CH-Q) exercises and as a support for introducing the self.

Target

10-80 yrs

Suggested group

6 – 12 persons

Materials

paper, pencil

Duration

Total time (for a group of 10 persons):
1. 10 min
2. 1.5 min
3. 5 min
4. 10 min
Total max 25/30

Procedure/steps

Working in pairs, preferably two persons who don´t know each other very well. However, even when they know each other the results are not less interesting to be taken into consideration.
Steps:
1. Explaining to another person who you are. The other person listens, ask questions, and makes notes (Each person 5 min)
2. Present the other person to the group (each person introduces the other person to the group, within max 1,5 min)
3. Give feedback to each other (5 min)
4. Evaluation of the exercise in the group

Evaluation/Final debriefing

The evaluation is part of the training. The trainees learn to evaluate the outcomes of the training exercises and to give / receive feedback to each other. This leads to a positive and constructive/formative mindset, which continues also after the training.