How big is a small group?
Composed of 3-15 individuals.
Too large of a group (more than
15) inhibits the group members ability to
communicate with everyone else in the
Categories of a Small Group
Task group-is more of a committee
meeting, set up to accomplish a task.
Relationship group-is more of meeting a
people for enjoyment of each others
Influence group-focuses on bettering
yourself and those around you.
Characteristics of a
Equal opportunity to communicate
Immediate feedback capability
Concentration on a single task
Able to function without sub-dividing into
Are often dreaded by group
members because they lack focus
and appear to be unproductive.
Group meetings can be a great
assets if planned properly and
1. Give appropiate notice to those involve.
2. Identify a purpose for the meeting.
3. Include only people who are relevant to
4. Distribute an agenda before the
meeting.include the following items:
call to order
Approval of previous minutes and
Unfinished business (specify)
5. Establish start,stop,and break times.
6. Set the deadlines for follow-up actions.
During the meeting:
Start promptly and end on time.
Use roberts rule of order.
Assign someone to take notes and write
Use an appropriate discussion model
1. Start agenda
2. Nominal group technique
Behavior to avoid:
Hold unecessary meetings.
Let people dominate the discussion.
Allow discussion to wander from the topic.
Fail to act on decisions made.
Fundamentals of effective speech and
Prepared by: Jenny Huera