There’s an epidemic in small group communication. You ask a question, and only the sound of crickets greets you. It’s not just once—it keeps happening. This epidemic isn’t anything new, but it’s gotten worse as small groups moved online, where video chats make it harder not to talk over each other.
What can you do about this lack of participation?
Here are seven ideas for creating the type of camaraderie and connection that help make small groups so worthwhile.
1. Check your group size
While they’re called “small groups” for a reason—and a small group can definitely be too large—it can also be too small.
According to Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups, “Groups of seven or fewer people have a significantly higher failure rate, produce less fruit, and cause everyone involved more frustration and anxiety than larger groups.”
With a group of eight or more, even as attendance fluctuates, you’ll still have enough people to host…