It's a skill you learn

Facilitate a Small Group:

When you’re teaching a small group, ask yourself: ‘how could I get this group engaged?’ The pitfall is to give a mini-lecture, hope they will stay to listen, and wait for them to ‘get it.’ Our way: challenge the group to improve a skill they need, give every person a role, and harvest every person’s contribution to learning.

Learning happens through interaction. And when that interaction happens with a teacher who models presence and skill, gives the learner a map about how to get there, sets up deliberate practice, and enables the group to help the learner in the hot seat—that’s what makes a group member eager for their turn. 

We’ve been working with teachers for years, tweaking and rethinking how communication skill transfer can be more like scaffolding and less like cough syrup. Don’t spend time reinventing what we’ve distilled here. You can get your group to do more of the ‘teaching’—and they’ll be more invested.

If you know our work—this section is based on the ToughTalk website. To get our newest versions—take a VitalTalk faculty development workshop.