How many people at a conference or a workshop genuinely engage with the day and consider they are as much an owner and co-creator of the experience as the chairperson, speakers, and facilitators?
And how many are happy just to sit there, entranced, passively listening, and doing as they are told?
This short process built around Peter Block’s four ownership questions takes less than five minutes to run at the start of an event and can help transform the day by getting everyone to think about and engage in the activities, in particular, how they interact with other people.
The 5-minute session
The last question is the most powerful one.
To what extent are you prepared to take responsibility for the learning and engagement of others at this event?
How often, do you ever give a question like this any thought at the start of a conference or a workshop?
The 15-minute session
You can combine the Four Questions with a few rounds of speed conversation. Such a session may take about 15 minutes and form an engaging, lively start to any event.
Peter Block’s four ownership questions
We must establish a personal connection with each other.
Connection before content.
Without relatedness, no work can occur.
Credit: Peter Block
This process is such a short, effective way of setting the tone of a conference that and reframing peoples’ mindsets from a passive stance to a more interactive, engaging one.
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