Clarifying Expectations


Guaranteed to Fail


  • To encourage the participants to take personal responsibility for instructional outcomes


This activity also can be used for team building, energizing, values clarification, creativity training, or implementation.


Participants at the beginning of any training workshop


Fifteen to sixty minutes (see Variations)

Handouts, Materials, and Equipment

  • One copy of Guaranteed to Fail: Double-Reversal Technique for each participant
  • Paper and a pencil for each participant
  • A 3″ × 5″ card for each participant
  • A flip chart and markers
  • A stopwatch or electronic timer
  • A whistle

Procedure ...

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