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Friday, October 24, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


Making Your Meetings Work

Part 9 of Making Your Meetings Work web-based training. To access this training, please download Flash Player.

Video 1: Brief Solution Groups Example (1:21)

Video 2: Guidelines for Brief Solution Groups
Essential Elements

The concept of the Brief Solution Group is getting participants into small groups to discuss possible solutions to a problem. Energy and purpose can be maintained by assigning people according to similar interests or functions; for example, by putting supervisors or dietitians together.

The facilitator:

  • introduces the idea.
  • gets participants to move to change energy.
  • sets time limits.
  • keeps the groups on task.
  • asks permission and checks in on the groups.
  • assesses how things are going and may re-energize or re-direct the group to help the process along.
  • helps group share workable ideas.
Quick Facts
  • Assign people to groups by similar function or interest.
  • Goal is to discuss possible solutions.

The facilitator:

  • asks permission to "interrupt" group.
  • keeps the momentum going.
  • keeps the group on task.


Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention | Phone: (505) 248-4182 | Fax: (505) 248-4188 | diabetesprogram@ihs.gov