LEARN It! Challenge 2 of 3
Leading an Interactive Discussion
Have the topic in mind - write in a high, visible location to maintain focus
Consider the objectives of the discussion - brainstorming outcomes will help you form your discussion
What do you hope to accomplish?
Is there a learning objective?
How much input do you want on the subject matter?
Find a way to relate the discussion to your participants’ lives
Address topics that are open-minded
Discuss things that may have multiple approaches
Consider doing an exercise with participants before you have a discussion
This allows for ideas to flow without the pressure of speaking
Be Able to Facilitate
Summarize participants’ responses so that the group can better understand
Invite people to address one another
Take notes on the board that include main points
Review main ideas, summary of the discussion, and conclusions
Make a Safe Environment for the Discussion
Use names of participants to personalize the climate
Arrange the discussion in a circle, if possible
This allows for eye-contact and direct verbal communication
Help participants find the answers themselves by asking them additional questions
Clear up conflict before it develops
Clarify the root issue
Find a safe ground
Evaluate - Post-Discussion
What can you take away from the conversation?
How can you move forward?