Why should I try it?
To give participants space to share their expectations when you convene a workshop or training.
How do I apply it?
- Divide participants into three groups. Ask the first group to draw roots of a tree; the second group to draw the trunk, and the third group to draw branches and leaves.
- Ask participants to spend 10 minutes in each group discussing their expectations about the workshop. The group with a flipchart with roots should discuss what they are bringing to the workshop (in terms of attitudes, competences or expertise). The group with a flipchart with the trunk will discuss what they think will happen at the workshop: topics discussed and methods used. The group with a flipchart with branches and leaves should discussed the outcomes of the workshop. Each group is asked to put up post-its on their flipcharts.
- After 10 minutes, ask each group to move clock-wise to a different table and to leave their flipchart on the table. The next group continues the discussion for 8 minutes, adding more post-its with new ideas, or adding voting stickers to statements their agree with.
- After the second round is over, invite participants to move clock-wise again and to join the last flipchart. This time participants have 5 minutes to add to the comments that had already been listed.
- Put up the three flipcharts on the wall in the form of a tree. Give participants 3 minutes to observe the results and to comment on them: ask other participants for clarification or to add other ideas that are relevant.
What will I need?
A set of three flipchart sheets spread on one table each, post-its and markers in different colours, voting stickers.
What else can I do?
Have a look at the tree of expectations at the end of the workshop or training to see if the expectations have been reached.