Join a group discussion directly
- 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?”
- Ask an open-ended opening question.
This will prompt others to give lengthy responses. For example, “what did you do during the Christmas holidays?”
- Create a conversation flow by inspiring others.
Share your thoughts, a story, or something that can inspire others to share something too.
- 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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