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Individual Member Observation Sheet

In addition to observing overall group behavior, you may wish to observe the behavior of one or more individuals in the group.  If so, here are some things to look for:

  • Participation (frequency, quality)

  • Support giving (encouraging, praising, inviting others to comment)

  • Undesirable behavior (arguing; using sarcasm, putdowns, inappropriate humor)

  • Assumption of leadership roles (helpful - defining the problem, summarizing, checking for consensus; nonhelpful - dominating, bulldozing, monopolizing the available air time)

  • Listening (as opposed to interrupting, daydreaming, faking listening)

  • Sensitivity to other members' views, concerns, feelings, values

  • Use of nonverbal behavior (body language such as withdrawal, showing interest, smiling, head bobbing, tensing up, flushing, winking at another participant)

Source: Julius E. Eitington. The Winning Trainer, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.

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