A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?
I often enjoy good conversations in small groups – 5 to 10 at the maximum. Sometimes the groups have been larger like 20-25 or slightly more but I think the points get diluted or even lost if you do not have a good moderator to control the discussions when you have large groups. Some voices don’t get heard and big numbers of people can share the quiet & shy ones who are intimidated by the crowd.
Good conversations can be enjoyed by more than a handful but the platform and the venue is very important. As well as the topics for discussion and the other members. The atmosphere has to be inviting and the chance for everyone should be provided in order to facilitate an open, equal and encouraging vibe for all the participants. It’s upto the moderator or host to set the tone for the occassion and see that other members understand what the purpose is for the gathering.
Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.