Concentric Circles of Introduction
The chairs are set up in two concentric circles, so that each chair in one circle faces a chair in the other (see illustration). The number of chairs is equal to the number of participants. The participants take their seats. The people sitting facing each other are pairs. The trainer introduces a topic. The pairs discuss. After three to five minutes of discussion, participants from the
This exercise will not allow everyone to talk with everyone else, but it’s a good choice for people who find it easier at the very beginning of the training to talk with just one person about a given topic, instead of having to share their thoughts in front of the whole group. It is important bear in mind that the selection of questions for discussion needs to be adapted to the profile of people in the group. Clear instructions should be given about the time frame so that both people in the pair get a chance to speak in each round.