Around we Go Group Debriefing Exercise and Activity
Around we Go Debriefing Exercise is a fast and easy sharing challenge ideal for larger size groups.
Benefits of Around we Go Debriefing Exercise
- Easy and simple
- Has Structure
- Helps to control dominant personalities
- No props needed
How To Play Around we Go Debriefing Exercise
This is one of the best games to sort out a groups capabilities, as it is fast and easy to understand and permits the whole group participation.
Get the group to stand in a circle where they will always be able to see and hear one another. You can then begin with your questions.
You have the option of getting the person immediately to your right to respond to your question first. Otherwise, you can always get someone to volunteer.
The basic goal is to have a short exchange, responses to your questions from everyone in the group. In this regard, you will need to step in and stop those who carry on speaking for too long. Each person is only allowed a brief response.
Contextual Framing Ideas for Around we Go Debriefing Exercise
You could begin with something like this…
“Let us begin with the first person responding to my question. Then we will continue to allow all those to their right, a chance to also respond (state your question…)”
“I want the person immediately to my right to be the first to respond to my question. Give your opinion on the subject, then continue on around the circle. Remember to restrict your answers to a maximum of three or four words (state your question…)”
Step-by-Step Instructions for facilitating Around we Go Debriefing Exercise
- Get the group to form a circle.
- Ask your question and let each person in the group have a turn to respond with their opinion.
Facilitators and Leaders Tips
To assist you with this exercise, it is advisable that you learn some of our ‘Debriefing Tips.’ Gain more knowledge on the advantages of understanding your group’s capabilities, and how to successfully conduct a debriefing operation.
This procedure is a very powerful approach for a number of reasons.
- Provides a platform for conversation.
- It gives each member of the group an opportunity to participate.
- The exercise tends to control those who have loud and dominant personalities.
- From your standpoint, it helps you to understand what each member of the group is thinking.
You need to be very sensitive to the needs of your group and include the ‘By Choice’ philosophy we suggest using when facilitating Group Activities. The ‘By Choice’ means that you offer all members of the group a chance to ‘pass,’ if they feel that they do not want to respond. They might feel embarrassed or uneasy, or they cannot think of anything to say at that moment. You may want to return to these members after everyone has had their chance and see if they are now ready to respond.
You will need to take careful note of all the group’s responses. You will then be able to steer them back on track if they appear to be wandering off the subject matter. For example, when you ask the question ‘Tell me something about yourself’. Often the person will begin by talking about someone else in the group and not about themselves.
If you are very familiar with your group, you may become aware that some members will purposely derail your conversation. You have a choice, in the beginning, to approach someone in the group you know will support your effort. Begin the questions with them and move around the circle. This is very important, because if you allow the conversation to go off track early in the game, then it is very difficult to get it back on track.
You also need to be alert for those who will take advantage and just jump into the conversation. If you find this occurring, just stop the trespasser and tell them to hold onto their thoughts until later. Get the group back in focus by allowing the person who was speaking to continue.
Variations of Around we Go Debriefing Exercise
Accountability Round: To begin, have the group respond to your question quickly with only one word or very short phrase. In the second round get each one to elaborate and make use of their word or phrase in a sentence. This will enable them to understand the reasons behind their choices.