November 16, 2005
After our Group Presentation...
I think that my group worked pretty well together. I'm not sure how to describe the roles in the group. We were altogether pretty relaxed in our meetings and our group was relaxed with presenting. My motivation was honestly pretty low until a few days before we had to present. We spilt up the work so I'm not exactly sure how the other group members did with distribution of work time but I definately left things until the last minute.
Posted by at November 16, 2005 6:19 PM
Everyone's attitude in the group, again, was pretty relaxed the enitre time. We got distracted sometimes but since we all knew that this needed to get done we would always quickly get back onto topic.
The only regret that I have is that I didn't try to pick a part that invovled more of a speech than a discussion. Since I like to speak in front of people and I found that I wasn't that good with tthe discussion part. I was also kind of thinking that I should have been like the first group with giving the candy for participating, and not just to everyone at the end. Their group had alot of responses for the discussion. The only reason why I didn't was because when the other group gave candy away for the participation then the discussion became unstructured because everyone was yelling out their answers.
In future discussions that I run I will make more of an effort to get people participating, maybe start to call on people.
Hi Erica - You and your teammates clearly have trust and respect for each other, and thanks probably how you were able to bring your pieces together and work so well together.
I think you did a good job in starting off the discussion. It's so difficult to be the facilitator. I often struggle with how much control to exert over the group. It's a difficult balance. I think your personality may be well suited for leading the discussion. You are very charming and people want to listen to you. The struggle for you may be to hold on to that form of presence and use it to make sure groups are completing the task. You'll have to determine when to make compromises, e.g., if you asked us to form groups of three and we're working in larger groups - maybe it's OK to let that go. However, if you asked us to work in groups, and we're not budging - then it's time to step in and guide the group into working together.
It's very challenging - and you had a great beginning experience, which you'll continue to improve over time. I like that you are already thinking of ways to improve. As you conclude, "In future discussions that I run I will make more of an effort to get people participating, maybe start to call on people." Excellent! I could already see in your Tipping Point presenation that you were asking questions of your classmates. I also like to that you called on people that your teammates missed. What a great team player you are, Erica. Great work!
At this kind of task, you should stop procrastinating. Do the task completely and you can use the extra time to furnish your work and make it even better. You could have planned more on how to make the presentation more active.
In groups, communication skills is very important for the members to communicate effectively and to work together as a team. Even if each one of the members has their own tasks, they still need to work together, meaning, communicate with the others about their works or those that are related to their tasks as well. There should just have cooperation.
Also, in presentations, you need great communication skills to be able to present effectively and catch the audience's attention. Not just catching their attentions but deliver your message to them. I think it was good that you had that part so that you can develop your skills in the discussion area and you won't have difficulty next time. It is best to practice or develop it while early because you cannot really avoid situations like that.
That was definitely the best team goal of the tournament, it was absolutely mesmerizing. But Maxi's goal was more of an individual talent, and it was way more important.