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How to Run Small Groups

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Christina Lott

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How to Run A Small Group
The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership
Christina L.

A facilitator is a guide who uses clear and direct communication to
make sure messages are sent and received accurately.
Formation and Orientation
Transitioning
Working
Closing
Establish rules
Promote positivity
Enthusiastic
Draw out members
Interesting topics

Awkward conflict
Members finding place
Uncomfortable/distrustful
Monopolizing
Questioning
Confront
Give feedback
Don't be defensive
Ask questions to clarify
Conflict resolution
Establish norms
Group identity
Cooperation
Collaboration
Learn & share ideas/info
Productive
Accomplishing goals

Gradual
Summarize
Recap skills/info
Discuss
Suggestions
Manipulators
Subtle/not-so subtle use of feelings/behaviors to get wants
Make it positive!
Resisters
Monopolizers
Not participating or verbally disagreeing
Build trust!
Invite in!
Dominate conversation or prevent others from participating
Interject!
Direct feedback!
Silent Members
Not involved, may be shy, reflective, or non-assertive
Ask a question!
Give time!
Group Member types
Maintain structure
Rules
Respectful sharing
Encouraging body language, tone, words
Resolve conflicts
Leading groups can make you feel anxious or awkward- and that's OK!
Being prepared for some of what might happen in a group can help!
And knowing what your role as a facilitator is can make running your group a success!
stages of groups
Storming
Norming
Storming
Storming
Norming
TeamWork
Conflict Resolution
Safety
Connecting
Facilitation
Everyone has chance to speak & participate
Discussion not dominated by one person
Find commonalities
Intros, Icebreakers, etc.
Use conflict as a learning opportunity
Address concerns as they arise
Provide feedback in a constructive way
Listen
Don't impose views
Work with the group
Move at group's pace (but stay on track!)
Accomplish goals
Make suggestions
Take responsibility for the group and their learning, but allow them the space to develop.
Circle up
Encourage members to talk to each other
Ask questions directly to someone
Invite participation, don't force it!
Do "whip" arounds
Use inclusive language
Monitor group mood
Redirect conversation
Ask for clarification when unclear
Positive affirmations
Formation and Orientation
Transitioning
Working
Closing
questions?
Concerns?

Transitioning
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