If your small group takes a little while to get talking, try using this little old trick.

Talking Points:

  • The “prime mover” is the second person in a small group – behind the leader himself – who is willing to break the ice and start talking.
  • Before your small group, pull your “prime mover” aside and tee her up to help you with the group. Give her a preview of the topic and some suggestions on what to share during the group time.
  • Often times, your group just needs a prime mover to get the conversation going. Then you can step back as the leader and simply help the conversation along.
Talk About It
  1. What jumped out at you in this topic?
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how good is your group at getting the conversation going on a topic? Which topics are hardest for your group?
  3. On average, what percentage of the time does your group leader do the talking in group? In your opinion, what should the percentage be?
  4. Have you ever seen an example of a prime mover – at a concert, in a class, or in your group? Share it.
  5. How can you use a prime mover in your small group? Which group members would shine in this role, and how will you get them involved?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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