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- Not all tangents are bad. Sometimes a quick rabbit trail can be beneficial for a group. A tangent can cover material related to the subject that isn’t going to be discussed in a group guide but is on the minds of everyone in your group. In this case, take a moment to address the issue, and then get back on track.
- Bring a tangent to a close. Don’t lose control of your tangents. As the leader, decide how much time you will allow for this tangent.
- Tie the tangent back to the main point. One of the best ways to get back on track is to tie the tangent back to the main point.
Every small group gets off track. Maybe somebody takes a question in a direction it was never meant to go. Maybe each comment in the group spins off a new idea further and further away from the idea behind the initial question. Or maybe somebody introduces a topic completely unrelated to the discussion.
See Also: Series for Small Groups