Ideas for great discussion meetings


Ideas for great discussion meetings

Our chapter is always looking for fresh ideas for creating dynamic and energetic district meetings. Let's share all the great ideas we have experienced and continue to create value filled, dynamic discussion meetings!

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Quiz - Supremacy of the Law (icebreaker)

Started by Dan. Last reply by George Blankson Sep 1, 2015. 3 Replies

Just an ice breaker that I might use for our Gosho study in district meetings.  Not meant to be taken seriously -- True, False, and multiple-choice.   Correct answers would be obvious - I would hope…Continue

Sensei 84 birthday poem !

Started by Marga Feb 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Dear friends !Sensei's 84 birthday is a wonderful guidance for meetings!Hope is a Life Treasure! WT 2-3 2012. Thank you SENSEI ! Continue

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Comment by Marga on May 17, 2012 at 11:41pm

Hello !

just to share .We have an experience from our ESD future disvision in our discussion meeting next Sunday .She is 9 years old. Her experience is in  the WT Fortune baby.!is amazing how they are taking responsability for Kosen Rufo.Very  inspirational.

Please let the ESD participate in your meetings!They are great !


Comment by kumi on January 30, 2012 at 11:22am

Would luv to hear more ideas on what you are doing within your districts.

Comment by kumi on January 30, 2012 at 11:21am

Just had a leaders mtg. this past weekend.  Focus was how to develop the district and group.  Not just in numbers of attendance but in faith-growth within each member through making breakthroughs in our lives.

Heard the term "Think out of the Box".  Here's a skit that was presented:

Leader was inside standing in a box that represents the district meeting.

He had sign on him that said, "Meetings are boring". "The same person talks all the time", It's not exciting" etc...

two other leaders started to encourage the person in the box to "think out of the box".  Things they said, how about changing up the agenda?, How about having a theme?, How about doing gongyo towards the end of the meeting? eventually the leader in the box came out of it.

It was pretty interesting discussion in our groups also.

"Think out of the box" means to me - sincerely chanting to gain wisdom to create a wonderful district meeting where members leave saying "I had a great time and really learn something, I can't wait to come back next month"!  Also "Think out of the box" means to trust the leaders/members...we cannot not dictate how to have the meetings...have a dialogue...However "thinking out of the box" without going off track, meaning being faith based meetings.

Each district is it's own unique family and dialogue is so important.


Comment by Kelly McGowan on January 23, 2012 at 5:12am

We are trying a more open format for discussion where we read an article together and then comment. We had lot of members contribute and it took a big chunk of time in the meeting. I would like to have the YD do a short study as the national leaders are encouraging it. I am chanting about it for our next planning meeting.

Comment by Janet on January 22, 2012 at 8:10am

We definitely have a rhythmm of emcee, welcome and silence cell phones, sgi explanation for guests, one or two well prepared experiences, then a discussion topic which can be done in a variety of formats depending on who is leading the discussion. Some of the ideas here are great ideas on how to lead the discussion. Then we always want to leave time for guidance from a senior leader. Recently we've been asked to have a youth member talk about one point for the following weeks study material. It's alot to get into 1 hour so we typically do gongyo 15 minutes earlier than other meetings..

Comment by Kelly McGowan on January 20, 2012 at 5:11am

How are your districts including the youth division and the study material, Teaching for Victory? The youth in our district are "not feeling it" at this time. It's such a big article that they feel there's not enough time to cover it. Any suggestions....

Comment by Dan on January 6, 2012 at 9:41pm

I know we don't do songs too much in SGI anymore, but came up with this silly one as I listened to FM radio the other day.  If you know Kool & the Gang, their song "Celebration" and if you've drummers & keyboardists in your district, you feel whacky enough to sing this song, try it:

Yahoo! This is shakubuku
Yahoo! This is shakubuku

Shakubuku times, come on! (Let's shakubuku)
Shakubuku times, come on! (Let's shakubuku)

There's a party goin' on right here
Shakubuku to last throughout the years
So bring your good friends, and your laughter too
We gonna shakubuku a party with you

Come on now

Let's all shakubuku and have a good time
We gonna shakubuku and have a good time

It's time to come together
It's up to you, it's your treasure

Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo! It's a shakubuku

Shakubuku good times, come on!
Let's shakubuku
Shakubuku good times, come on!
Let's shakubuku

We're gonna have a good time tonight
Let's shakubuku, it's all right
We're gonna have a good time tonight
Let's shakubuku, it's all right


We're gonna have a good time tonight (Sha-ku-bu-ku)
Let's shakubuku, it's all right
We're gonna have a good time tonight (Sha-ku-bu-ku)
Let's celebrate, it's all right


Shakubuku time, come on! (Let's shakubuku)
Shakubuku time, come on!
It's a shakubuku!
Shakubuku times, come on! (Let's shakubuku)

Come on and shakubuku, good times, tonight (Shakubuku times, come on!)
'Cause everything's gonna be all right
Let's shakubuku (Shakubuku times, come on)
(Let's shakubuku)...

LOL...ok moment of madness...

Comment by Allen Massiah on November 24, 2011 at 9:02pm

Hello, all.  Over the years, the members in the groups and districts in our SGI-USA Connecticut region have mentioned various ideas for enhancing our discussion meetings.  We have accumulated many experiences of victory relating to our gatherings. The attached document summarizes these approaches and can assist in effectively preparing for and conducting wonderful discussion meeting.  There are numerous guidances from SGI President Ikeda as well as articles from the publications, too.  Thank you! -- Allen Massiah


Comment by Kelly McGowan on November 20, 2011 at 7:15am

Hi- We sang this song at our district meeting last week and everyone seemed to like it. Here's the link for youtube and the document for the lyrics.






Comment by Teh Ban Nah on July 27, 2011 at 9:00am
we have four division meeting we always encourge the YWD and the YMD to do part of the gosho or studying material and the junior group will do the singing and dancing , some we let them read the ikeda guardance, this is done in our chapter

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