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Audience participation ideas

Speak Schmeak

It's easy for people who are shy to sit back and wait for the more outgoing members to speak up. I've started meetings with icebreaker-type questions like, "What's the oldest item of clothing you're wearing?" What did you eat for breakfast, and who prepared it," and "If you found a dollar on the street, what would you buy with it?" Adults will go to great lengths to avoid embarrassing themselves, so it's important to cultivate trust and a safe environment.