Discussion

 

 

 

Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Techniques
Characteristics
Discussion
Evaluation
Lead Games
Speaker Intro
Objectives
Power Point
Power Point Resources
Reflection
Song Leading
Support
Techniques
Trainer's Creed
Scouting Urban Legends
1914 Training Program

Scout Books

Site Contents

Rules for Discussion Leaders

A group discussion is a planned conversation between three or more people on a selected topic, with a trained discussion leader.  The purpose is to express opinions, gain information on the topic, and team from the other group members.

USE GROUP DISCUSSION:

bulletTo share ideas and broaden viewpoints
bulletTo stimulate interest in problems
bulletTo help participants express their ideas
bulletTo identify and explore a problem
bulletTo create an informal atmosphere
bulletTo get opinions from persons who hesitate to speak
bulletWith ten or fewer people

GROUND RULES FOR A DISCUSSION:

bulletBe an active part of the group.
bulletWork to solve common problems.
bulletDiscuss completely, but do not argue.
bulletContribute ideas related to the subject.
bulletAsk questions to clarify ideas.
bulletBe clear and brief -- no speeches.
bulletListen and team.
bulletWrite down good ideas.

PREPARE FOR THE DISCUSSION:

bulletPreferable seating arrangement is a circle, semicircle, U, or hollow square so that each person in the group can see every other person.
bulletMake the room as comfortable as possible.  Check the ventilation and lighting.
bulletHave paper and pencil ready to record main points.
bulletStart the discussion on time. Close on time.
bulletEncourage informality and good humor. Permit friendly disagreement, but on the point under discussion, not between personalities.

LEADING THE DISCUSSION:

bulletHelp the group feel at ease.  See that everyone knows everybody else.
bulletGive everyone a chance to talk.  Let the person talking remain seated. More people will participate and those talking will feel more at ease.
bulletSet the tone for the discussion: emphasize that there are no dumb questions or comments; stress that there are many ways of handling any situation; point out that everyone's ideas are of value during a teaming experience.
bulletFoster discussion by asking questions such as: "How does that apply to your job?", "How would you handle that situation?", "What are your thoughts?"
bulletBe careful of the person who tries to monopolize the discussion. Interrupt the "speechmaker" tactfully and lead the discussion to another person.
bulletCall on individuals who seem ready to talk, rather than going around the circle.
bulletDirect rather than dominate the discussion by easing yourself info the background when the group gets into the swing of it.
bulletKeep the discussion general so that it is of interest to all present.
bulletKeep the discussion on the track.  If it gets sidetracked, bring it back to the main subject by suggesting there are some other important points which need to be covered in the limited time.
bulletObserve and respond to participants' body language (nodding head, leaning forward or backward, hand position, eye contact, etc.)
bulletIf you feel that some important point is being neglected, mention it.
bulletSummarize periodically.  Stop occasionally to review the points that have been made.
bulletStick to the time limit.  If there doesn't seem to be sufficient time to cover the subject, mention this in your training session evaluation, and take action to correct this before the next session.
bulletKeep spirits high.  Encourage ease and informality. Let everyone have a good time.   Don't let the discussion drag or get boring.
bulletQuickly summarize the conclusions in such a way that everyone will realize the important facts brought out in that discussion.

HANDLING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS:

bulletAnticipate participants' responses to the material presented.
bulletIdentify potential problem situations before hand and plan contingency approaches.
bulletConsult other trainers for approaches and insights they have found helpful.
bulletTurn difficult situations and comments back to the group. Allow group members to work through the situations or comments themselves.
bulletLimit your opinions on controversial subjects and avoid expressing personal opinions.
bulletNever argue with a participant.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

bulletPrepare for the discussion.
bulletGet the group to feel at ease.
bulletGive everyone a chance to talk.
bulletKeep the group on the track.
bulletSummarize periodically.

 

 

 

   

 

 


Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Techniques ] Characteristics ] [ Discussion ] Evaluation ] Lead Games ] Speaker Intro ] Objectives ] Power Point ] Power Point Resources ] Reflection ] Song Leading ] Support ] Techniques ] Trainer's Creed ] Scouting Urban Legends ] 1914 Training Program ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Scouting  Methods ] Training Trainers ] Scout Alumni for the Troop ] School Presentation ] Homesick Scouts ] Commandments for Camp ] Woodcraft Men Women ] Burnout! ] Youth Protection ] BSA Federal Charter ] Fundraising ] Acronyms ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!

Search:

Keywords:

Amazon Logo

 

 

Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"
Rick(at)Kudu.Net

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  

 

Last modified: October 15, 2016.