How To Discuss In a Group
In order for a group discussion to be successful, it is important for all
members to know how to discuss a topic. The first thing that the group will need
to have is a goal. The goal can be simple, or it can be complex.
Goals are important because they will allow the
members to focus on specific objectives. If you are the leader, you may find it
helpful to pull yourself from the discussion at certain times. The reason I say
this is because the focus should be on the group instead of a single individual.
How much the leader or planner knows about a topic is not important in this
While you will want to provide the group with information, you should avoid
trying to lead the discussion. Remember, the goal of a group discussion is to
assist the members in making a decision or learning a specific skill. The
members will participate and learn by being directly involved in the subject
that is being discussed. When this is kept in mind, a leader or planner will
step away from the learning process to allow the members to obtain the necessary
information. There are two types of members that you will encounter in most
group discussions. These two groups are quiet members and dominant members.
While both groups will be present in any discussion that is composed of a large
group, they should not cause problems.
To deal with members who are dominant, you can simply redirect the discussion in
a way that allows another person to participate. In addition to this, you can
also focus on a different topic. Another thing you can do is split the group
into smaller portions, and allow each of them to carry out a task. Perhaps the
best way to deal with a dominant member is to take their comments and make the
relevant additions to the discussion. These techniques will allow the group
discussion to move forward without distractions or conflicts.
Dominant members will be outspoken. They will be quick to let the other members
know what they think. The quiet members are just the opposite. They will think
and form ideas within their minds, and will not be quick to voice those thoughts
to the group because they may be shy. As the leader, your goal is to help quiet
members present their thoughts to the rest of the group. There are a number of
things you can do to include quiet members into the discussion. You can present
a question to the group and ask each member to answer it out loud, or you can
ask all the member of the group to give their responses to a particular topic or
Quiet members will often function well in smaller groups, so splitting the large
group into a number of smaller groups will allow you to help both quiet and
dominant members. In most cases, the members of a group who do not have a large
amount of knowledge on the subject will not be able to make connections which
are related to the topic. As the leader, you must be ready to make these
connections for members who may not be able to make them. There are a number of
ways you can do this. You can use visual guides or other teaching methods in
order to help members understand the concept. In order for the discussion to
succeed, it is important that all members learn how to raise relevant issues.
It is also important to ask the right questions. As the planner of leader, this
is your primary responsibility. It is also important for the members as well.
The best questions to ask are those that are open-ended. Closed ended questions
are generally not helpful in group discussions.
The reason why open-ended questions are more
effective is because they do not require a specific answer. Because they don't
require a specific answer, they will not place any limits on the discussion.
Closed-ended questions should only be used when the members of the group must
understand a specific concept before they can move forward. As the planner, it
is important to make sure students are able to analyze the information that has