If your small group takes a little while to get talking, try using this little old trick.
- 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
- What jumped out at you in this topic?
- 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?
- On average, what percentage of the time does your group leader do the talking in group? In your opinion, what should the percentage be?
- Have you ever seen an example of a prime mover – at a concert, in a class, or in your group? Share it.
- 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?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
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