A good training session doesn’t just lump participants into groups willy-nilly, driven by nothing more than the group size and the facilitator’s ability to divide numbers in their head. Splitting participants into groups is a well-thought-through process of considering the objective of the activity and the dynamics needed to make it tick.
Here is an imagined example, a training session using different group sizes to discuss using different group sizes in training sessions: extreme meta-training!
The facilitator says: Split into fours and discuss on a flip-chart the advantage of being in a group of four
Why is this better than a three or a pair?
Why is it usually better than a five or a six?
Rather than bore the crap out of each other by reading out your flip-charts to people who aren’t really listening, a more bearable alternative is:
Just tell us one thing – the thing you thought was most useful or interesting and let’s discuss it a bit … what do the other groups think?Continue reading “Extreme meta-training: the importance of size”