Identifying Traits or Characteristics

Dozens of participants' traits or characteristics can be used to designate them for specific tasks. However, be cautious not to choose something that will embarrass an individual, such as a physical characteristic that he or she cannot change, for example, weight, height, nose/shoe size, or eye/hair color. Nor should you focus on items related to a group that they represent, for example, religion, sexual preference, or race. Doing so might even lead to charges of discrimination or favoritism. Some more acceptable possibilities include:

Birth date closest/farthest to the date of your program Most/least pets

Longest/shortest time with organization

Person who most recently purchased a particular item (e.g., car, electrical appliance, piece of clothing)

Person wearing the most of an item or color

Person carrying the most coins

Person with the most/least siblings

Person who traveled farthest/least to get to the program location

Person with decorative metal on his or her shoes

Person who has most recently participated in an athletic event

Person who has had the most cups of coffee/tea/juice since arriving at the session Person with most/least letters in his or her first name Person with the longest middle name

Person born in the city in which the program is being conducted

Person who has most recently attended another professional development program


What other techniques for designating small group leaders have you experienced or can you think of?

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