10-second review: A three-part article taken from my book, Teaching English, How To…., (Xlibris, 2004) consisting of my approach to teaching formal speech, engaging in small-group activities and responding to interview questions, especially job interviews.
Title: “How Can Teachers Help Students Overcome Their Fear of Speaking in Public?” Teaching English, How To…. Raymond Stopper. Xlibris, 2004. pp. 297-305.
Self-serving roles in keeping small groups from working.
1. Dominator: Interrupts. Embarks on long monologues. Tries to lead group. Asserts authority. Autocratic. Monopolizes.
2. Blocker: Interferes with the progress of the group by rejecting ideas. Takes negative attitude on all suggestions. Argues unduly. Pessimistic. Refuses to cooperate.
3. Deserter: Withdrawn. Indifferent. Aloof. Excessively formal. Daydreams. Doodles. Whispers to others. Wanders from the subject.
4. Aggressor. Struggles for status. Boasts. Criticizes. Deflates ego or status of others.
5. Recognition-seeker. Exaggerated attempt to get attention by boasting or claiming long experience or great accomplishments.
6. Playboy type: Displays a lack of involvement in the group process by horseplay, inappropriate humor or cynicism.
Next: Evaluating roles in the group process.