If you’re asking a group you’re presenting to do an activity, it’s important to decide in advance how the activity will work.
If you want your group’s input about the activity, plan in advance how you will solicit it. If you want them to choose a topic, plan in advance how that choice will…
I often give a presentation where there’s a choice to be made by the audience that most people in it don’t care strongly about. (“Which one of these types of systemic oppression would you like to examine closely?”)
In these situations, I ask, “of these choices (written on board), is there any particular one anyone would like to investigate in-depth for our next exercise?”
I then wait for five seconds. This is usually enough time that someone will pick something. If not, I propose a topic. I then ask:
“Would anyone like to advocate for another choice?” and wait five seconds. Repeat process as necessary to accumulate options, and then allow each chooser space to advocate for their choice. Then call a vote.
Usually, everyone is okay with whatever the first choice is. This is a good way to pick an option from a large slate of choices, IMHO
Do people ever advocate for a particular choice when you do that?