How to Enliven a Group Discussion

Jeremy Mailman By Jeremy Mailman, 14th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Group discussions are one of the most important activities in a business or group of individuals fulfilling a mission. The exercise will be at its best when every member fully contributes and shares in the deliberations. Groups discussions when properly facilitated always give the best ideas and solutions. Here are some helpful tips.

Good scheduling

1. Schedule discussions in the morning.

People are more fired up during the morning. Most people are usually tired in the afternoon.

2. Serve light noon meals.

If you intend to continue the discussion into the afternoon, don’t make the members eat too much during lunch or they get sleepy and lazy.

Good venue

3. Make the venue attractive and comfortable.

Arrange the room to make it bright and cool. This atmosphere will enliven the group discussion.

4. Facilitate the discussion.

Lead the discussion by encouraging each member to speak and share their thoughts. Ask questions or call the names of the members especially the quiet ones. Do not dominate the discussion.

Good atmosphere

5. See to it that each member sees each other.

Arrange the seats in a circular shape so there is eye contact on each other. Avoid squared table seating.

6. Remove any empty chairs.

All chairs in the discussion venue should be filled. Empty chairs must be removed to give an atmosphere of wholeness and full cooperation among members. Empty chairs create mental gaps in the discussion.

Good follow-up

7. Give assignments to members.

Assign responsibilities to members like facilitating the next meeting, handling sub-committees, change the group’s objective; prepare the next agenda, etc.


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author avatar Denise O
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I find this article to be a straight forward, common sense approach, for any group meeting. Nice read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Austee
30th May 2011 (#)

Great help. Its the common thing we should consider in meetings. Thank you for sharing. =)

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