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 discussionthat 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 relatons 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.