Join a group discussion directly


  1. Ask an opening question that relates to the context.
    Others are more likely to accept your questions if it references the context. For example, if you are at a party, you can ask questions like, “How are you enjoying the party?” or “Have you tried the cupcakes yet?”
  2. Ask an open-ended opening question.
    This will prompt others to give lengthy responses. For example, “what did you do during the Christmas holidays?”
  3. Create a conversation flow by inspiring others.
    Share your thoughts, a story, or something that can inspire others to share something too.
  4. Include everyone in the discussion
    Resist the urge to monopolize the conversation while everyone else simply listens. Invite those who have not spoken yet by asking them open-ended questions. For example, you can say, “Oh Jack had an experience like that. Jack, who don’t you tell us about the time you traveled to France?”


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