Parking Lot

Type of strategy: Group ManagementProcessing

Use this strategy to maintain focus on the current topic or process and assure participants that questions aren't forgotten and can be put on hold to be dealt with later.

Directions: 

  1. Provide a clean sheet of flip chart paper or whiteboard and label it “Parking Lot.”
  2. If there are questions asked by participants that are relevant to the topic but which may take too long to answer or derail the conversation, then ask the questioner to put their question on the Parking Lot. (Another strategy is to provide “Post-it” notes for the participants to write on and stick to the Parking Lot.)
  3. Have participants post questions to the Parking Lot.
  4. Try to ensure there is enough time to deal with Parking Lot questions at the end of the session.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns