This free energiser is useful to demonstrate that what you think you know is not always right. This can be useful where you want to demonstrate the idea of a paradigm shift or help people to appreciate that their well-formed opinions on issues might not be serving them as well as they think.
Training course contents:
The instructions for this energiser can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.
Resources Needed – none necessary, although it is useful to have a watch with a roman numeral face to prove the point.
1. Ask participants to draw a circle on a piece of paper.
2. Tell them that you would like them to draw the numbers of a Roman numeral clock within the circle from memory.
3. When they have drawn the clock take a look at everyone’s picture and specifically at the roman numerals they have used for the number 4. Most people will write 4 as IV, which is correct in terms of roman numerals. However, it is wrong in terms of watch or clock faces as they all use IIII for 4.
4. When you check people’s clock faces and notice they have used IV for 4, loudly exclaim ‘wrong!’ which will have people scrabbling for their mistake.
5. When you have checked everyone’s picture, explain the fact as provided above and have a general discussion about how our assumptions are not always correct and even when you see something every day there can still be ‘facts’ that you miss.
This energiser is great for illustrating the point that what we think we know as fact is not always correct and that we should be prepared to change our view on things.