Instruction to Participants
Here is the question;
- Who would like to begin? - then, when they are through:
- Who would you like to hear from next? - You may also want to check who looks as though they would like to speak
Note to Facilitators
You can set an example by giving your own response to the question, and then throw an imaginary ball to the next person you would like to hear from.
Step back as soon as it appears to be running itself. Only intervene if a problem arises - like someone aggressively targeting another person who clearly isn't ready (rare, but has happened) or running a lot over time. Ask for the ball 'back' when everyone has spoken, and ‘put’ it in a safe place to use again.
Stick to the imaginary ball even offline - don't try using a physical one. Totally different dynamic.
For introductions, or for any other plenary exercise when you would like each person’s voice to be heard; for example, to say in a very few words how they experienced the format of a particular exercise.