02 What We Want to Know about Each Other

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Exercise

What We Want to Know about Each Other

Synopsis

This exercise helps participants to get to know each other as well as establishing a democratic environment in the training space. This is done by asking participants what they would like to learn about each other and then getting them to answer those questions they feel most comfortable with.

Objective

To facilitate introductions

Approximate Time

30 Minutes

Materials Needed

Flipcharts

Marker Pens

Steps

Ask participants to brainstorm a list of key things they would like to know about each other.

As they do so, write these onto a flipchart.

Depending on the size of the group the next part of the exercise can be done either in plenary or in small groups.

Ask participants in a round to introduce themselves covering those topics from the list with which they feel comfortable.

This exercise, particularly when conducted in small groups, can help to develop the sense of intimacy a group will need to explore sensitive issues.

Tips for trainers

In the beginning, if participants don’t respond, you may have to provide a couple of examples of questions like, ‘Where have you travelled from for this workshop?’ or ‘If you had a superpower, what would it be?’, etc.

Try to have a list of between five and ten questions for people to pick and choose from.

If participants seem relaxed already about coming to a pleasure and sexual health course you might add to the list, ‘what else do you need to know about pleasure?’

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