Introductions Conversation

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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Intent or purpose: 
To create a group consensus on the aim of an event based on what each person wants
Used as component of: 
Starting a meeting or training event
Recognizable Components: 
ToP Focused Conversation Method
Types of Participants: 
All
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Common themes, consensus on what is needed from the day
Level of participation: 
High
Potential Pitfalls: 
If participants say very little in the first go-round, there will be little data to draw common themes from. If participants' answers are very different from what the facilitator had planned to do, they will have to change their plan.
How is success evaluated: 
Increased comfort level of participants
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Need to be active listener
Setting and Materials: 
Participants can see each other and the facilitator
Resources Needed: 
None
Procedures: 

Go round -Name and one thing you want from this meeting?
Anybody, what surprised you in what someone said?
What are similarities in what we said we want? Uniquenesses?
How would you summarize what our mandate is for this meeting?

How flexible is the process?: 
Very -- uses a logical framework behind the questions, but the questions can vary greatly.
Follow-Up Required: 
Relate how the meeting plans reflect the mandate.
Background
Developer: 
Jo Nelson
Derived from: 
ToP Focused Conversation Method
History of Development: 

Focused Conversation Method was researched and developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs over 50 years.

References: 
The Art of Focused Conversation, Stanfield The Art of Focused Conversation for Schools, Nelson
License Model: 
Open
Suppliers
Creators: 
Namesort descending City Country
ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
Trainers: 
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Creative Human Relations Solutions Fayetteville United States
ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
Consultants: 
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Creative Human Relations Solutions Fayetteville United States
ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada
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