Planning decisions and activities when you are presenting

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 happen. Just asking the group what they want isn’t enough. Things go much more smoothly when you plan the ways input and decisions will happen.

Some examples of how to do that:

  • “Break up into small groups. Your group can talk about either popsicles or hamburgers.”
  • “There are two options. We can either talk about experiences with discrimination or tactics for countering it. Let’s vote. Raise your hand if you want to talk about experiences. Raise your hand if you want to talk about tactics.”
  • You can also gauge which direction to go in by questions or comments your audience is making.

Don’t ask your group to make a complicated decision without support. Either make the decision in advance, or plan a straightforward way to make it in the moment with your group. Winging it is generally awkward and ineffective.