10 tips for holding a group discussion

10 tips for holding a group discussion

Bij het organiseren en leiden van een group interview  There are different things to consider than during an individual interview. With group interviews, you are dealing with group dynamics. Below are 10 tips for leading a group interview.

1. Start organizing the group discussions well in advance. You otherwise run the risk that not enough people can join. Scheduling the group interview well ahead of time increases the likelihood that everyone will attend.

2. Make sure the minutes are written by someone who is experienced in it. Writing the minutes for a group discussion is more complicated because of the dynamics of several participants speaking.

3. If you are not sure the reporter will be able to keep up with the live coverage, then make a video or audio recording of the interview and write out the minutes later. Ensure that the recording equipment is present and ready to use before you decide to use the equipment.

4. Make sure your interlocutors feel comfortable. Provide them with a pleasant ambiance, something to drink, and a snack.

5. Have everyone at the table introduce themselves so that everyone knows with whom they are sitting at the table. Create a cheat sheet with names and functions/backgrounds for the participants at the table.

6. Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.

7. Pay attention to the body language of the participants.

8. Monitor time and stick to the agreed time frames. It's disappointing when you don't get to ask all of your questions.

9. Explain what will be done with the results of the interview. Also, explain what you will do with the report made of the interview (e.g., the audio recording). Will you be the only one who has access to these files, or will you publish it? In the latter case, make sure you get feedback on the minutes before publishing them.

10. Summarize during the interview and relay your statement back to the group to make sure everybody understood the message the same way.

 More tips about interviewing? Read my other blog as well:: How do you make it as easy as possible for respondents?