Fishbowl-web

Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template

Make every voice heard with the Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template. Run more exciting and organized debates, getting more ideas and diverse points of view.

Trusted by 65M+ users and leading companies

walt disney
asos
contentful
ubisoft
pepsico
macys
whirlpool
hanes
yamaha
docusign
liberty mutual
wp engine
accenture
bumble
delloite
hewlett packard
total
dropbox
walt disney
asos
contentful
ubisoft
pepsico
macys
whirlpool
hanes
yamaha
docusign
walt disney
asos
contentful
ubisoft
pepsico
macys
whirlpool
hanes
yamaha
docusign
liberty mutual
wp engine
accenture
bumble
delloite
hewlett packard
total
dropbox
walt disney
asos
contentful
ubisoft
pepsico
macys
whirlpool
hanes
yamaha
docusign

About the Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template

Workshop Tactics created this template to help everyone level up their facilitation skills. We all know that online meetings have proven to be hard to follow, and often participants are interrupted or talk simultaneously. In the end, the loudest voice wins. To fix this problem, they created the Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template, where you can easily guide team discussions and allow everyone to have a voice.

What’s the Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template?

The template is an online version of the fishbowl discussion, a well-known tactic to facilitate debates and give everyone a voice. The template simulates an online room, where participants can take turns discussing the selected topics by placing their avatars on the drawn chairs.

Benefits of using the Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template

The Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template helps facilitators and participants to have a more efficient and productive debate. It prevents people from talking over one another, and because of its dynamic format, many topics are covered.

The fishbowl discussion technique is also very inclusive, allowing everyone to participate and share their point of view on any given topic. Anyone can volunteer to take a seat at the ‘discussion space,’ even those who would not usually participate in a discussion or debate.

Some other benefits of running the virtual fishbowl discussion:

  • You don’t need to find a large room, nor have to arrange/tidy a load of chairs

  • The online format can include international speakers, not just local. (No travel or accommodation required!)

  • Once you establish the rules, the fishbowl discussion can be self-facilitating.

How to use the Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template

The template is easy to add to any workshop board you have.

Here is how to set up a virtual remote fishbowl discussion:

  1. Select the ready-made Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template.

  2. Customize the avatars on the template by adding pictures of participants, their names, or something that represents them.

  3. Place the avatars so they can be easily moved to the chairs at the center of the template.

  4. Share the link of your Miro board with participants.

  5. Make sure everyone finds their own avatar. Remember to lock board elements that are not supposed to be moved around, like the chairs.

  6. Explain to everyone how the fishbowl discussion works.

  7. Use a democratic discussion tactic to agree on topics. Next to your fishbowl discussion template, add sticky notes where people can write discussion topics. Ask everyone to vote on topics they care about. Select the most voted ones and place them in order.

Starting the virtual fishbowl discussion:

  1. Ask for two volunteers to have a seat at the chairs. Begin the conversation and set a timer (10 minutes per topic is enough).

  2. If someone moves their avatar to the empty chair, ask one of the two people at the center of the discussion to give up their seat. Instruct them to return to the audience, where other avatars are placed.

  3. Keep going until the timer runs out. Check if people would like to keep discussing the current topic or if they would like to move on to the next one.

  4. Repeat this process until the end of your session.

Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template FAQs

How do you prepare a fishbowl discussion?

As a facilitator, create a safe space and include everyone in the discussion. When running the fishbowl discussion, ensure everyone participated in the debate at least once. Before your workshop, select the ready-made template and customize it to your needs, adding names and avatars for every participant. Check how to use the timer on your Miro board. When everyone is on your call, share the link to the board so everyone can access it. Good luck!

What are fishbowl questions?

Fishbowl discussions are mostly around topics, and you'll have different questions depending on which issues the group decides to debate. This exercise is also an excellent way to leave it up to the people to come up with their questions for a given topic. When running a fishbowl discussion, you'll see most people debate the pros and cons of a given issue.

Virtual Fishbowl Discussion Template

Get started with this template right now.

Related Templates
Ice Breaker Thumbnail
Preview
Icebreaker Template
This or That Thumbnail
Preview
This or That Template
monster-thumb-web
Preview
Monster Workshop Template
templatename-thumb-web
Preview
1 Truth 2 Lies Icebreaker Template
draw-thumb-web
Preview
Character Drawing Template
puzzle-thumb-web
Preview
The Big Picture Icebreaker Puzzle Template