Many group leaders mistakenly think that “discussion” is the holy grail. It isn’t. What you should really shoot for is participation. You want folks participating towards a certain point or goal, not an open-ended discussion that can and will go absolutely anywhere.
The questions in our No-Prep Series are intended to do just that—elicit participation towards a specific point. If your members start to stray away from these specific goals, nicely pull them back and keep them on point. Keeping “discussions” focused is an art form that the best group leaders develop over time.
Remember, what you are after is participation, not “discussion”.