The Discussion Leader

1 – The Seminar Solution
Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Objectives:

  • Present an introductory short talk or brief lecture describing a theory, model or information about a topic that will be discussed by a group following the presentation.
  • Organize the information so that it is easy to understand and can be remembered.
  • Orient the group to think about the specific goal of the discussion that follows.
  • Use a buzz session discussion technique to promote group participation in deriving information leading to a solution to the problem.

2 – The Round Robin
Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Objectives:

  • Establish the meaning of a question with a discussion group.
  • Using a problem solving pattern, lead the participants in a brainstorming session.
  • Screen the possible solutions and lead the group in deciding what action to take.

3 – Pilot a Panel
Time: 30 – 40 minutes

Objectives:

  • Select a problem for panel discussion. Select not less than three members in advance to speak on the panel.
  • Define the common goals and the purpose of the panel.
  • Acting as moderator, monitor the panel discussion to inform the audience.

4 – Make Believe (Role Playing)
Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Objectives:

  • Understand what role-playing is and how to use it effectively in group communication.
  • Select a problem involving human relations in which you may use the role-playing method to illustrate and explore the problem.
  • Create a plot and characters relevant to the discussion problem and select a cast from among the group members.

5 – The Workshop Leader
Time: 30 – 40 minutes

Objectives:

  • Building group unity, guide the workshop participants in an investigative discussion of the problem.
  • Follow a problem solving pattern to arrive at a solution.
  • Bring the group to an agreement before the discussion ends.