Another in a long line of great questions, often posed by group leaders who are looking for some guidance:
How do I deliver a series of fun, engaging and rewarding experiential activities for a large group of 400+ people, especially if they are seated in an auditorium?
First, may I say, I LOVE large groups. The sheer energy of a large group just makes it so much easier to have fun and get going.
But that said, if not handled sensitively, a large group can also really quickly turn on you. So, as always, you MUST consider your sequence to ensure their preparedness.
Here’s a shortlist of my trusty, go-to activities that I always pull out for large group gatherings. All of them have been frequently used, often with big keynote presentations, so I know they work:
Story of Your Name
Sit Down If…
Ice-Breaker Question Exchange
Thumb Wrestling in Stereo
For a more thorough discussion about how to work with lots of people, with some really useful tips and strategies, check out my book Count Me In.
Have FUNN out there…
Contributor Mark Collard
big groups / how to manage large groups
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