Learning to focus on a few aspects, improving presentation skills, adjusting the presentation of a concept to a target audience.
How to do it
The participants stand in a circle. The trainer tells them:
“Present your project concept. You have as much time as it takes for a long match to burn.”
After a short pause the trainer gives the first person a package of matches. This person lights the first match and starts. When the flame goes out, he or she stops.
Keep in mind
Alternatively you can do an elevator speech – but under real conditions. Have small groups of 3-4 people go into an elevator: One is the donor, a second the project manager. The donor should be convinced to support the project during the time it takes the elevator to travel from ground floor to the top floor. Reflect on the experience and give feedback to the project manager.
Then repeat it, exchanging roles. The third person can work as an observer and give feedback as to how the situation appeared to him or her.