A discussion group, if not well managed, can go die off quickly. There can be as many discussion groups as there are ideas in society. There are steps that you can take to start and run a discussion group.
After you have decided that you want to start a discussion group, the first thing you need to decide on is the people that will work with you. Identify two or three persons who share the same interest and are willing to start a discussion group about it. Assign roles and begin to strategise on how to go about the whole thing.
The next step is planning. You will need to make a decision on the frequency, location and emphasis of the group. How often do you want your group to meet? Bear in mind that the frequency of a group matters. A group that meets less often runs the risk of losing momentum and focus.
Then you have to decide on your meeting place. Be sure to decide on a central location that would be accessible to members whether they are coming with their vehicles or via public transportation if possible.
The group can also decide on whether to have a rotating meeting place to make the meeting more accessible to people with transportation problems. This option has the benefit of increasing the total number of people attending throughout the year.
Next is that you have to decide on publicity. You have to leverage all available online and offline media to create awareness for your group. People need to know that your discussion group exist. People need to know the date, location, time, and a brief description of the purpose of the group.
Finally, draw up the modalities for the running of the group. Decide on programming, discussions, events, and activities, as well as the dos and don’ts of the group. Every member has to feel respected and not less important.
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