Types Of Introductions

Your style, the group's preferences, and the length of the meeting will determine the type of introduction that is used.

  1. Quick and Easy Intros

    • efficient and effective these intros will work for most gatherings

  2. More Intense Intros

    • if participants are going to spend a significant amount of time together more intense intros will allow a better understanding of one another. While this may take a more time, it will be a worthwhile investment in getting the group more comfortable.

  3. Session Starters

    • These are intended to reinforce introductions when it's important for participants to get information, give information, and provide a transition.

    • Session Starters:

    • involve everyone

    • are low-risk activities

    • relate to meeting/workshop/training content

Session starters are designed to be a bridge between the Introductions phase of the workshop and the meeting/training/planning content itself. Choose one or more Session Starter activities to create a safe environment and build group rapport. Session Starters also offer the advantage of 'buying time' to help establish and maintain the credibility of your role with the group as a whole, as well as any latecomers. This activity also offers any stragglers an opportunity to settle in without interrupting a more intensive part of the program.

The tool you select will depend on the facilitation design and your style. However each introductory segment should include:

  • Introductory remarks/get-acquainted activity

  • Acknowledgement and thank you to participants for their attendance (even if mandatory)

  • Explain your role as facilitator

  • State the purpose of the session; express desired outcomes and results of the session

  • Familiarize participants with a program or agenda (either individual printed handouts or common-use display by overhead, projection screen or flipchart, for example)

  • Develop group norms (rules of behaviour, cell phones off, break times, etc.)

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