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Many small group leaders must deal with people who dominate the discussion during a meeting. Here are a few tips for dealing with a dominator.

Key Points:

  • Set discussion ground rules.
  • Use gentle correction and/or humor.
  • Call on specific people.
  • Use body language.
  • Talk to the “dominator” privately.

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If you let a dominator go unchecked, people will become discouraged. Eventually they will drop out of the group. Worse than that, they won’t be able to process the truth together with the group and their pursuit of God will be stunted. Develop the courage and skill to deal with the dominator!

See Also: Conflict

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How can dominators hurt a small group?
  3. What are some specific things you have done to manage dominators in your small group? How effective were your actions?
  4. What else can you do to manage a dominator?
  5. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.