Quick Reviews in 1 minute

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Intent or purpose: 
This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.
Used as component of: 
This process is used at the end of a group activity (or in between) in order to review the content or atmosphere in a quick and easy way in just one minute.
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.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
The time needed is only one minute.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The outcome is an overview of people's mood, energy level, experiences, wishes etc..
Level of participation: 
The level of participation is normal. The participants have to indicate and/or explain their mood, decision, expectations etc..
Ideal Conditions: 
There are no special conditions needed.
Potential Pitfalls: 
A problem could occur when the process takes longer than the concise estimated time. This could disturb the schedule.
How is success evaluated: 
the process is successful when the facilitator knows how the participants feel, and then uses it to plan the next steps, or workshops (e.g. an immediate break).
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
This is a easy method that can be practised by anyone.
Setting and Materials: 
No material is needed or recommended.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
There is no work that needs to be done beforehand.

Following are five different activities for a quick review in just one minute.

1. Mood states (ups & downs)

In order to find out how people are feeling at this point, or after the workshop, the facilitator can ask the participants to simultaneously indicate their mood by using simple signals such as thumps up, down, or in between. If the facilitator wants everybody to see one anothers mood the group can gather around in a circle. Of course two or three words about a mood are possible, if there are any surprises (e.g. all thumbs up except one).

2. Energy levels (fuel gauge)

In order to find out how tired or attentive the participants are the facilitator can ask the participants how energetic the feel. The easy signals are shown simultaneously (and if wanted in a circle) again. The participants can use their body as a fuel gauge, for example with the hands on their head, meaning full of
energy, their hands on the hips as being half full, and on their feet implying that there is no energy left.

3. Three words

Ask the participants, after some thinking time to state three separate words, and not a phrase that would describe what they have experienced during the activity, or so far. This is an example of less is more, as a lot can be communicated with just three words, instead of the timeconsuming attempt to state one sentence, mostly evolving in more than just one. Again this can be done in a circle, with bigger groups also in subgroups.

4. Positive feedback (about the group)

The participants, as well as the facilitator should try to find "10 good things about the group during a certain activity". Of course it can be more than ten statements, considering that the first ones are most likely to be very vague. Here quantity brings out quality as the comments tend to get more specific.
The facilitator can end this exercise by asking what the participants want to (or will) carry forward to the next activities.

5. Time out (mid-activity reviewing)

By using one of the above mentioned exercises during an activity the facilitator gives participants the opportunity to rest their mind for a moment. These exercises can be done during snack time, while sheltering from the weather (outdoor activities), or while waiting for a technical device to work.

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is very flexible, as it is not very time consuming, and can be used at the end, or in between a e.g. workshop.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered.
Roger Greenaway
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