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Buzz Groups

Mini-discussions in plenary

Buzz Groups are a method for quickly and efficiently gathering feedback on a topic or responding to a specific question during a plenary (a session that includes all participants of an event). Without moving from their seats, participants form mini-clusters of two or three people and engage in free discussion -- or 'buzz' -- for a few minutes on a given question. Buzz Groups provide a welcome change of pace for participants, helping to enliven and energize large group meetings and events.


  • Facilitator
  • Flipchart
  • 8-30 participants for one facilitator (or 50 - 100, see below)
  • 10 - 20 minutes (approx. 5 minutes 'buzzing', and 5 - 15 minutes to share feedback in plenary)

Download the full module on Buzz Groups (PDF), including when and why to use, how to apply, tips for success, variations, and references.



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