Huddles - on-demand sync-ups in a workshop

(Salim Virani) #1

Huddles are useful when you need to have a quick but private conversation, to make a decision together or to communicate something in more detail than you can during performances.

Anyone on the team can call a huddle with eye contact and hand gesture, or verbally.

Then, you’ll all leave the room (or ear-shot) for a private conversation.

Information which can be passed on is:

  • Energy
  • Atmosphere
  • Information on audience
  • Changes in workshop progress
  • Time
  • Any other issues

Common uses

  • rectifying miscommunication between facilitator and teacher
  • plan changes
  • syncing on a plan to deal with difficult participants

The best moment to call for a huddle is when you sense misalignment of the content with the group, or if you don’t know how to practically tackle a certain situation.

There are two things you can do to free-up a moment for the huddle. You can either get people on an exercise for a couple of minutes, or you can weld in a break if it’s been a while since you’ve had one (say more than 20 minutes ago).

The rule is that the person who signals the huddle will need to facilitate the movement that frees up that time.

##How to stage a huddle

The default way is a big finger-loop hand gesture. Make sure you’re making eye contact so the other person receives the message. A nod is enough to confirm.

You might want to call for a huddle verbally. It’s okay for the participants to know a huddle is going to happen. “Let’s huddle for 2 minutes.”