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Sentence Completion

What is Sentence Completion?

You may recognize the sentence completion technique from market research studies and standardized academic tests. It works by providing the first part of a sentence, then asking people to complete the sentence in their own words. In a meeting, this technique can also be used as a sense-making or idea generation technique. After reflecting on the beginning phrase, each person would then take a moment to complete the sentence silently. Going around the room, the group would then take turns sharing their answers. This technique is most commonly used in product definition meetings, where groups finish sentences like "This product feels like... ". The technique can also be used during meeting openings and closings to help keep things short. For example, at the beginning of a meeting, the prompt might be: "The one thing I most want to get out of this meeting is...".

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