Since switching to RTA this year, I’ve had plenty more opportunities to work on creative group projects, and while they’re typically a wonderful experience of collaboration and friendship, there’s no doubt that certain challenges can arise when different types of people have to work together to accomplish a goal; especially when it comes to creative projects! After shooting a few videos in my video production class, I’ve been able to pick up on a few helpful tips to make things flow much more smoothly within your group. Here we go!
1. Make sure everyone’s ideas are heard
When it comes to working on creative production projects, people will tend to have either a similar vision or vastly different ideas. This makes it tricky to come to an agreement on how to proceed or to create a final product that everyone is happy with. You’ll either find yourself in the role of the group leader (or one of several), or you could be more passive and introverted, tending to agree with the majority’s voice on major group decisions. Either way, it’s your responsibility to make sure you speak up and get your ideas heard, and to make sure everyone in your group agrees and has had the chance to contribute. This is especially important for your group’s overall demeanor and how well you’ll get along. If everyone agrees or at least has had the opportunity to share their own ideas, chances are you’ll respect each other and work much better together.
2. Don’t overpower
There will be times when you have a distinct idea from the rest of your group and you’ll want to run with it. Or on the contrary, one member of your group will try to do the same. While it can certainly be a helpful starting point, a group project has to come from a collective vision, and one member over powering the group’s choices may result in unhappiness within the group or a weaker final product. Being a leader is great, but being the right type of leader that can bring out other people’s strengths is even better.
3. Don’t be afraid to discuss
This takes us back to the last point. If one member of your group has a differing opinion, make sure communication can flow freely and important and respectful discussions can arise. It’s totally okay to talk openly about what may be bothering you, what you don’t like, and what you do like. It’s actually much more helpful to discuss an idea and to find out where everyone’s coming from. By understanding someone’s rationale for thinking a certain way, you could open yourself up to new ideas or even add on to theirs and make something even better together. This is the most important part of collaboration, and the final product will be much better for it!
Remember that you might not always be paired with group members that you agree with on most things, but the experience of collaboration and working with others is extremely important for when you start your career. Being able to learn about what types of people you do work best with, what strategies for collaborating, and how to come to an agreement will help you get the most out of group work throughout university and in the future.
Thanks for reading, and see you next time!