Ground Rules for Discussions

18 Apr

I’ve come up with some basic ground rules. I’ll bring these to the next meeting for the group to discuss and amend.

Respect what each person needs to be able to join in the meeting

Different opinions are welcome and will be encouraged

Only one person should speak at a time

Do not interrupt a speaker. If you need to interrupt for some reason, get the attention of the chairperson and ask them

If you don’t understand what someone is saying, ask them to repeat it or explain it. Chances are you’re probably not the only person in the room who doesn’t understand

Be aware that covering your mouth when speaking might make it difficult for people to read your lips or hear what you say

Try and avoid using jargon. If you must use jargon, be prepared to explain it

Maintain confidentiality: any personal information disclosed during the meeting should stay in the room

Don’t be rude or personally insulting to each other. If you disagree about something concentrate on the issue you are talking about not the person involved

Switch off mobile phones or put them on silent

If you have any concerns about the ground rules not being respected please speak to the chairperson


2 Responses to “Ground Rules for Discussions”

  1. Jennie April 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    A helpful addition to the rule on not interrupting might be that if and when someone has a comment on what someone is saying they raise their hand. Then the person speaking can choose to hear that comment or finish their point. It would also make it easy to see who is next to speak. What do you think?

  2. mollyh5 April 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Ok, yes that sounds good. Raise your hand if you have a comment, rather than shout over the person speaking!

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