Bigger is often seen as better in today's world, but in the world of the virtual facilitator, being able to work with a small group of people at any one time is a benefit. Each time we add new group members on, we are not only adding on one new person, but a full series of new perspectives, beliefs, values and assumptions. Rather than just being additive, many times group size increase becomes exponential (think x cubed, rather than x + x + x).
What is the optimum size of groups for you?
While 15 - 25 may be the norm for in person programming, creating engaging virtual calls may be much smaller than that for maximum interactivity. 4-8 is often the norm for highly interactive virtual programs. This may not always reflect the budget realities in organizations, so facilitators working with groups that are larger will need to plan out intentional engagement points frequently (think 5-10 minutes).
What do you notice about group size as you think about your work this fall?
Have a great start to your week,