One common problem with groups is that one or two people can often dominate conversation. One person may have more experience than the others, they may be more confident than the other participants or they may simply like talking!

If one or two participants are dominating the group, think about whether or not it is problematic. Are they creating tensions in the group? Are they saying things that are unhelpful? Are they stopping other participants from contributing?

Try to encourage other people to contribute by asking everyone general questions:

What do other people think?

Would anyone else like to share their views about this?

Is there anybody else who would like to add something?

Asking general questions in this way will allow other people to talk, but won’t make the dominant participants feel embarrassed or feel that they are being asked to stop participating.