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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
To disucss a topic in a free form with the facilitator keeping everyone on the topic.
Used as component of: 
any meeting
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 - 18 minutes
Howto
Level of participation: 
high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Setting and Materials: 
N one
Resources Needed: 
None
Pre-Work Required: 
Prepare a clear statement of the topic.
Procedures: 

1. Open the topic, <br>
2. Let the group talk.<br>
3. Facilitator often recognizes each person as they signal their readiness to speak. <br>
4. Intervene when necessary to keep things moving, <br>
5. Ensure focus, <br>
6. Keep ground rules observed.<br>

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
none
Background
Developer: 
M. Doyle and D. Straus
Derived from: 
Found in Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools". See the downloads section.
Selected publications: 
0515090484
References: 
Doyle, M. and Straus, D. (1986). How to Make meetings Work, New York: Jove, p.231
License Model: 
Open
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