The 3-Group Voting Phenomenon

Perception: Two Groups

When asking participants to vote on something they are divided into 3 groups. One group agrees and raise their hands while another is against and do not raise their hands. Participants generally hold the belief that voters among them are only divided into those two groups. In reality this is not true.

Reality: Three Groups

In reality there is a third group that have also not raised their hands but unlike the group that have not raised their hands due to disagreeing, this third group have not raised their hand for other reasons. The reasons may include that they have not yet made up their minds therefore they are not raising their hands or are shy to raise their hands to express their agreement with the subject of the vote.

3-Group Voting Phenomenon

3-Group Voting Phenomenon

Voting Trick

This 3-group voting phenomenon and the general ignorance of it on the side of participants opens the door for the trainer to manipulate the vote by asking participants to select the option the trainer does not want them to select guaranteeing that the third ‘silent’ group will keep their hands down misleadingly giving the impression to the rest of the participants that they do not agree with the subject of the vote.

To what extent do you find it ethical for a trainer to use the flaw in such type of voting to his advantage?

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Seating Positions of Trainees

The place in which a participant sits can be significant. First of all, a participant may sit next to his friends and those whom he is comfortable sitting next to. Secondly, some participants like to sit close to the trainer at the front while others prefer sitting away from the trainer and at the back. Furthermore, some prefer to site on one side of the training room while others prefer sitting at the other side of the room.

Such preferences are far from being random. In fact, they could be highly significant. Asking trainees to change their places can alter the state of the system and can thus be used by the trainer at times to improve the training process such as when dealing with difficult trainees.

Too Much Ice Breakers

I went to Fayoum and was delivering change management training there to a corporate client in the banking sector. In order to make trainees more active I asked the organizers to completely remove all tables from in front of participants. Participants were now sitting in a U-shape in their chairs in front of me. I also started them up with a couple of highly dynamic and extremely fun activities. The results were that those participants became too active that they were very difficult to manage during the rest of the training!

Clearing the Throat

Training of trainers is important. I like training of trainers. It is something good. It is important to deliver training of trainers workshops. I have been delivering training of trainers workshops at Resala. Ice barkers are important. They help trainees become more active and free. I like delivering training of trainers courses. This is a book for trainers.