Group Communication Types of Groups – Formal – Informal Examples?
Group Communication Examples of Groups – Support – Hobby – Professional Assn – Study group – Class – Hospital dept – Family – Neighborhood – Movie audience
Group Communication Group Dynamics Communication Patterns – Chain – Wheel – Star ( all channel )
Group Communication Characteristics of effective groups – Purpose – Commitment – Norms – Cohesiveness
Group Communication Group Functions Task functions – move the group toward goal attainment – Initiating – Seeks info and clarifies – Summarizes – Consensus taking
Group Communication Group Functions Maintenance functions – Ensures personal satisfaction of group members – Harmonizing – Gate-keeping – Encouraging – Compromising All groups need both task and maintenance functions to be successful
Group Communication Group Functions Non-functional group roles – Aggressor – Joker – Avoider – Self-confessor – Recognition seeker
Effective group participation Understand – the group’s goals – your role in the group Actively participate by being prepared for the discussion at hand using your listening skills share ideas using good communication techniques
Murder Mystery Determine: Murderer Weapon Time Place Motive
Murder Mystery Did your group have a formal leader? Did you assign any roles within your group? How did you share information Did everyone contribute equally? Did everyone contribute effectively? What problems did the group have? Could you see any non-functional roles?
Conformity and Group-think Conformity:changing your opinion in response to pressure from the group Group think: unquestioning acceptance of the group’s beliefs and behaviors