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Energiser, Presentation, Group Building Activity


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To find out more about participants hobbies, families etc. and to show connections among participants

Description of the tool

There is no big explanation needed. The facilitator invites the participants to share smaller or bigger “secrets” or interesting information about themselves (hobbies, family, etc). The facilitator can start him/herself telling that on his/her left side shall sit/stand a person who likes Jazz music and on the right side shall sit a person who has 1 brother just like the facilitator. Then participants are welcome to sit/stand in the places next to the facilitator if they have such interests or things in common. It might happen that people "fight” for the places, but there is only one participant on either end of the facilitator. The new persons can then mention one charactarastic or secret that links another participant to their free side. if nobody shares this particular characteristic, another characteristic should be chosen untill one of the remaining participants shares this characteristic.
In a small reflection at the end the facilitator can make the point that the whole group made a one circle where everybody has something in common with somebody else form the group.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

For any group bigger than 5

and addresses

Group Dynamics

Materials needed:

Enough space in the room for making a circle of participants, it can be done with or without chairs


Depends of the size of group

Behind the tool

The tool was created by


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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Bara Stemper-Bauerova (on 3 July 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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