Training Delivery

by Terry Wilkinson

Group size

Generally speaking, research shows that the size of the group has a number of important consequences. Here are some considerations you may find useful.

All other things being equal, the larger the group

  • The greater the demands on the trainer
  • The fewer the demands on the delegates
  • The greater the group’s need for tutor direction
  • The more centralised the role of the tutor
  • The more chance of active members dominating
  • The more inhibited less active members become
  • The less creative are group discussions
  • The less intimate the group’s atmosphere
  • The less satisfied group members are with the results of their discussions.

An effective group size for interactive training sessions is between 8 and 12 delegates.