Flashing lights

In this rather basic version of a reflection exercise, the workshop participants each voice their current mood/opinion.


  • Duration
    Short (up to 30 minutes)
  • Complexity
  • Group size
    4 to 15 persons

This activity is suitable online.

Description Long

Generally, the participants stand or sit in a circle. The workshop leader poses a question, for example: ‘After today’s meeting, how do you feel about the solutions that were chosen?’, or ‘What is the next step?’


Depending on the option, participants respond to questions briefly, and receive no comments in response. 


The statements are usually limited according to time or the number of words.


It is recommended that you come up with a couple of flashing light questions in advance.


The workshop leader spontaneously develops final questions, for example within the framework of a larger project, which are based on the progress and importance of the workshop, and time of inquiry.


The leader asks the participants to stand (if they have just eaten a lot) or sit in a circle, (if the workshop has been very dynamic thus far).


The workshop leader formulates questions and imposes restrictions in terms of time or the number of words, for example, no more than thirty seconds, or ten words.


Each participant should have the chance to speak and, and to “shine” briefly, without their comments leading to further reflection or discussion. 


If necessary, the statements can be recorded.

Hints from experience

There is a risk that these flash statements might be commented on or the restrictions not adhered to.

The workshop leader must be firm and intervene consistently, to prevent this behaviour.



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