I was recently an inspirational speaker for a group of school administrators and I enjoyed watching while the other guest speaker did a solid job of getting the audience involved in a decision making round table.
At the outset, the audience was cagey and offered a cold reception but the guest speaker was relentless. He demanded audience participation.
Through an inclusive round-robin style of facilitation, he gave groups and individuals time to ponder certain questions and generate ideas. Later, he went around and gathered ideas and posted them. The continual back and forth dialogue encouraged the audience to warm up to the guest speaker and engage in the activity.
Ideas started to flow. The recurring theme was that changes needed to be made in education adminstration. The audience was receptive because they hunger for the change. Ideas fed off each other and momentum built.
The other inspirational guest speaker for the group of school administrators created a large mind map later in the exercise to satisfy the visual learners and create organization of ideas. The free association of ideas helped everyone suspend judgement and cluster ideas into a more concrete form.
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