Group discussions are a great way to reach the audiences. Group discussions help to maintain interaction with the audience and keep the sessions alive throughout. It has a key importance in engaging the audience effectively and making them more participative giving them the desired results. Group discussions are carried out in various forms and have to be decided according to the need and analysis of the result desired from training. The various aspects for effective group discussions are detailed as below.
Participants can be grouped according to their needs and analysis. some can be grouped with participants having the same strengths and weakness so that all might develop the same areas effectively when trained. Whereas at the time of practical training they can be grouped with different participants who are stronger in the areas they need to develop which creates an atmosphere favourable to work in groups and learn effectively.
Professional approach is very essential for effective group discussions. A proper module of things to be discussed in group discussion is essential; creating a comfortable and disciplined atmosphere gives a better approach. Time management is also equally important, Group discussion module should be broken down into smaller modules to be discussed and completed within dedicated time. Lengthy activities are make the atmosphere dull and audiences start losing interest.
Being flexible is very essential as the major part of learning starts when the audiences react and speak and not when the trainer instructs. Being flexible with the module and still maintaining the order is essential. Making the audience more interactive with their views and ideas is a great tool to make the session interactive. There should be more action from the participants than storytelling, Assigning group projects and various other tasks to various groups and creating a competitive atmosphere is the key to effective delivery.
Feedback is very essential to know the progress and development of the audience with respect to the group discussions. It helps to know their needs in detail and work effectively for development and continuous growth of the participants.
Group discussions are more effective when the audiences participate more and the trainer speaks less. This brings great development and participative atmosphere amongst the audience.