Doing a round

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Intent or purpose: 
The intent is to get a contribution from everybody in the group.
Used as component of: 
This process is used to guarantee that everybody has a say in whatever topic is discussed.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
Remarks about group size: 
The group can be of any size. The more participants involved the more time is needed.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
In this process everybody needs around two to five minutes.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The outcome is a collection of all opinions stated by the participants.
Level of participation: 
Participants need to be self-disciplined in order to focus on what they want to say and what is said.
Ideal Conditions: 
It would be ideal for all participants and the facilitator to sit in a circle so that everybody is facing each other.
Potential Pitfalls: 
A potential problem could be participants not focusing on the information sharing and thereby an unsettled atmosphere could evolve.
How is success evaluated: 
The process is successful when all opinions are heard.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary as the group only needs to be instructed and supervised.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
This is a easy method that can be practised by anyone.
Setting and Materials: 
Papers and pens might be useful for taking notes. There needs to be one chair per person arranged in a circle.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
The facilitator only needs to think of a topic that he/she wants to discuss.

1. As soon as every participant is seated the facilitator poses a question or topic, as specific as possible and gives every participant the opportunity to briefly think about it.
2. The he/he picks a person (e.g. the one to his left)or asks who is ready to start talking about the matter. Here time restrictions are recommended (e.g. 1sentence, 2 minutes etc.).
3.When the first person is ready he/she passes on the turn to his/her neighbor. (The participants could also point to someone who should go next.)

Both informative questions or a discussion are possible in between, but it has to made clear beforehands if that is appreciated.

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is very flexible, as it can deal with any topic.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered, but a reflection or summary is of course possible and might be useful.
Patrick Boel - June, 2006
IRC-FN: Facilitation of learning