Chapter 49

Conversational Roles

People unused to open discussion often find it difficult to participate and cede the floor to more experienced group members or extroverts. By assigning conversational roles, people are given specific guidance and direction on how to participate. Surprisingly (at least for the two of us), many who are unused to discussion experience this as helpful. Having a specific role to play provides a reassuring focus.


  • To create diverse ways of engaging in discussion
  • To prevent a discussion from focusing on only one topic
  • To provide reassuring guidance on how to participate in discussion for those unused to this activity
  • To make sure the discussion stays fresh

How It Works

  • Facilitators prepare a number ...

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