A Group Discussion Gone Right

I walked away from the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Community Profile discussion this week with a head full of knowledge about our business environment here, and an intense appreciation for people who are passionate about their industries (and chatty when I need them to be).


The group we pulled together represented ag, banking, health care, higher education, manufacturing, the Grand Forks Air Force Base, tourism, the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and more. These discussions work best with a smallish group of attendees, all ready to share perspectives from their sectors of the business world, with only light guidance from me. It couldn’t have gone better.


Everybody was talkative, alert, active in conversation and interested in each others’ talking points. I do enjoy moderating and facilitating discussion, but not so much that it ends up being a question-answer Lisa show. I want robust discussion that everyone is involved in. And that’s what I got.


The article that will be crafted based on that Community Profile discussion will appear in the August issue of Prairie Business. We’ve already done a profile on Fargo-Moorhead and Bismarck-Mandan this year, and both of those discussions went well, too. Our last profile will highlight Minot and will appear in October. Next year, we’ll expand to outside North Dakota and get into some of the smaller communities that have unique business attributes to share.


I hope these discussions continue to be great successes, and that our attendees glean some new knowledge from them, too. Nobody wants to hear me talk the whole time and I’d much rather write for large groups than speak in front of them.


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