How often have you been in a meeting where the pretense was to gather input, but really the person in charge already had determined all the answers?
At a recent event, I participated in an icebreaker that can help you to illustrate this point in a light-hearted and humorous way.
One participant was given a plate with strips of paper marked QUESTIONS. The person sitting next to them was given a plate with strips marked ANSWERS. Person A drew a question then person B drew an answer to respond to it. All of the answers are interchangeable, and some provide hilarious combinations. After person B answers, the plate of QUESTIONS is passed to them and the ANSWERS are given to person C and it keeps going around the table until everyone has asked and answered a question.
Q. Would you like to be a millionaire?
A. No, once I tried, but it ended up a disaster.
Q. Do you have any shortcomings?
A. People do not speak about it aloud.
Q. Do you love children?
A. During my lunch hour.
Use this to show the futility of having pre-conceived answers without acknowledging what the question is – or just use it as a fun icebreaker at your next event (or Thanksgiving dinner). It avoids that awkwardness of not knowing what to say because the answers are provided for you!
(Get a sample list of questions and answers here.)
Thanks to Kayla Morrison for sharing.