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If you decide to start a conversation group, use an ad in the paper, an internet bulletin board, a poster at the local library… whatever will get the word out. As you proceed, here are some things to keep in mind. First, keep the group small if you can. Too many and it becomes difficult for people to get in enough “talk time”. Second, try to have it at the same place. Someone's home will work, or perhaps you can find a room at a local club or church that you can use. Third, have something to eat and/or drink. One way to do this is to have the group meet at a local bar or other public establishment where food and drinks are served. Finally, remember to keep it fun. If it isn't fun, people will stop coming.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|