How To Avoid Problems During Group Discussions
When you are participating in a group discussion, it is important to avoid
problems that will stop the group from achieving its goals. If you are the
leader or planner, there are a number of things you will want to pay attention
It is important to make sure the topics are
relevant. Being able to make a connection with the topic you are discussing on a
personal level will allow you to reduce the times were members get off topic. If
you are the leader, you may want to ask the members questions if you feel that
they are starting to get off topic.
It is also important to make sure the members understand the assignments that
they have been given. The members of the group should know exactly what is
expected of them. In addition to this, they should also be aware of the goals
that the group intends to reach. To make sure the members understand the
assignments, they can write statements or make a list. It is important for the
leader to make sure a schedule is set for the completion of specific projects.
Depending on the assignment that is being given to the members, they may need
resources that can help them. The head of the group will want to provide members
with worksheets that can allow them to write down ideas or solutions.
Writing should be an important part of any group discussion, and can help you
avoid problems. It will keep the members focused, and will give them a basic way
to retain information that is presented. No group discussion should be held if
the members don't have notepads that can allow them to write down important
information. Newspapers, markers, tape, and other items can allow the leaders to
get their presentations ready for the meeting. It is also important for the
leader to make a connection with the group. They should encourage the members
and allow them to ask questions which are related to the topic. However, the
leader should not enter the group or convey their own thoughts, as it may not be
necessary to influence the members.
Time management is an issue that the group will need to keep in mind. It is
important for leaders to let the group know that they have a set period of time
to go over a specific topic. Once the time is up, bring the discussion to a
close. To be polite to the members, it is always a good idea to give a one or
two minute warning. This will give the members time to raise any points or
questions that they would address. If the members need to present reports to the
group, it is important for the leader to make sure they are given enough time.
When a member gives a presentation, they should never feel rushed. The
presentation of reports is especially important in small groups.
It is also important for both members and leader to use affirmation. When a
contribution is made to a discussion, it should be affirmed. There will be times
when the group may not grasp a point, and leaders will want affirm the
presentation. If you don't show the members that you appreciate the
contributions they are making to the discussion, that will make them feel like
they are not a valuable part of the group, and this could cause problems.
Communication is important as well. All the members of the group must
effectively communicate with each other, especially when they are working on
Conflict is something that must be avoided at all costs. In any group
discussion, some members will have opinions that will differ from others. While
there is nothing wrong with this, the way in which they voice their opinions is
No one should be allowed the ridicule the
comments or ideas of another. If one member disagrees with a statement that is
made by another member, they should voice it in mature, respectful way. When
this is done, conflicts will be reduced, and the discussion will be able to
progress without problems. Everyone should be allowed to participate in the
discussion, and this includes people who are normally quiet or shy.