Technical Presentation Workbook: Winning Strategies for Effective Public Speaking, Third Edition
11 Leading a Discussion
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AFTER READING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Select topics for a discussion
Determine when to use a discussion
Plan for a discussion
Lead a discussion
What Is a Discussion?
A discussion is an interactive presentation strategy in which much of the information, ideas, and thoughts are generated and developed by the members of your audience. You typically serve as a facilitator, or discussion leader, and guide the participants through the discussion. A discussion may be part of a larger presentation or your entire presentation. For example, you may lead a discussion after viewing a video, at the conclusion of a presentation as a summary activity, or at any other time.