Group discussions

Steps for effective group discussions

  • Keep your group small!
  • Begin your presentation with a clear starting point, an introduction, the general and specific objectives, and some useful discussion points to get the conversation going.
  • Ensure that the discussion is purposeful. i.e. the discussion points are relevant and clear, people don't interrupt each other and they keep to the agreed topic. 
  • The effectiveness of the group discussions may be enriched or weakened by differences in the participants' backgrounds. Be aware of the differences in culture, geographical area, sex and age group, social and economic status.
  • Your role as a facilitator is to motivate and encourage the participants to exchange ideas freely and reach a common decision.
  • Conclude the discussion by summarising the outcomes, agreeing on next steps, and thanking everyone for their participation.
Last modified: Friday, 26 September 2014, 10:30 AM