- Always plan some form of introduction activity to start a meeting, training, or planning session
- It is best to start with 'low risk' introductions, until the group has 'jelled'; if you are working with people who know each other, or if your session requires a high degree of intimacy, you can incorporate introductions that reveal more about the participants
- Pick people from various locations in the room when soliciting volunteers; avoid 'going around the room' which means the person at the end of the line can become very nervous waiting for his or her turn
- Make the introduction activity fun and non-threatening
- Listen to what is said, and use the information to ensure session success
Introductions accomplish many things for the session participants: they continue to break the ice, help form relationships and trust, and provide information to help a new team to 'form and norm.' For facilitators, introductions provide insights into participant personalities, interest levels, and biases.