If you recall I’d used a ‘swimming pool’ exercise as an ice breaker to promote dialogue and I returned to the same theme to create a sense of animated closure.
I’d left up the six ‘stations’ round the room:’changing room’; ‘poolside’; diving board’; ‘shallow end’; ‘deep end’; and ‘bar’. This is how the 25 minute session was conducted:
I began by describing each of the ‘stations’ :bar = had lots of experiences/war stories and in a position to raise a glass to congratulate or commiserate.
I invited each person to return to the position they’d assumed the previous day. NB ‘newcomers’ had to choose their station at this point as well.
At this point as delegates moved around the room there was a lot of reacquainting and an audible buzz.
The delegates were then asked to consider three questions (and remain standing):
- What surprised you at KMUK?
- What are you going to take back to your organization?
- How do you feel at this point?
I invited them to share the answers with the person next to them.
I concluded the exercise by walking round the room with a roving microphone; each delegate I approached was asked to give a rapid fire answer and to pass the microphone onto a person of their choosing.
This took about 5 minutes culminating in a very positive response (in the shallow end) from a delegate who said what he’d heard over the two days made him believe that far from being dead and in contrast to the feeling he took away from KMUK 2010 KM (in whatever guise it appears) is very much alive. He felt re-energised as indeed did I.
Many events end on an exhausted low note; from the feedback KMUK 2012 wasn’t among them.