Small Group Communication (Approaches (Objective, Emotional, Creative,…
Small Group Communication
Definition of Small Group Communication
Small group communication refers to interactions among three or more people who are connected through a common purpose, mutual influence, and a shared identity.
Characteristics of Small Groups
Small groups usually are task-oriented and goal driven.
Most small groups share the same characteristics/patterns.
Types of Small Groups
Decision making is more about strengthening/repairing relationships.
Interactions/decisions are evaluated based on the quality of the final output.
Definition of Synergy
The potential for gains in performance or heightened quality of interactions when complementary members or member characteristics are added to existing ones.
Group Problem Solving Process
Define the problem
Analyze the problem
Generate possible solutions
Implement and assess solutions
Rules of Brainstorming
Evaluation of ideas is forbidden.
Wild and crazy ideas are encouraged
Quantity not quality
New combinations of ideas presented are encouraged.
Nominal Group Technique
Silently and individually list ideas
Create a master list of ideas
Clarify ideas as needed
Take a secret vote to rank group members’ acceptance of ideas.