Get the most out of your small group or mentoring time by preparing for your conversation ahead of time. Here are four simple tips:

Tip #1: Watch the video

Take the time to watch the video (or read the article) well before your meeting. Watch it two or three times if you need to. There might be new ideas you need to process, and it’s a lot easier to process new information when the pressure is not on you.

Tip #2: Follow the links

Every article has links to related topics and resources that will help you get the big picture of the topic you’re covering. Follow those links as necessary to prepare yourself for a better conversation.

Tip #3: Take some notes

Jot down some notes as you prepare yourself for your meeting. This may include things you want to highlight or additional questions you want to ask.

Tip #4: Preview the discussion questions

Look over the discussion questions ahead of time. Think about your own response to those questions. Let the topic speak to your life.

Don’t forget that you’ll only get out of your group or mentor meeting what you put into it. Don’t make others work harder for your conversation than you. Come prepared and expect a great meeting.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Why is conversation a valuable way to learn something new?
  4. Do you agree that talking about new ideas is better than just studying them on your own? Explain.
  5. Do you ever prepare yourself for other life conversations (at home, at school, at work, etc.)? If so, how do you do it? What are some ways you find this valuable?
  6. In marriage, we believe healthy couples keep talking. Do you agree with this? Do you think it’s true in other relationships and groups? Explain.
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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