The Impact of Premeeting Talk on Group Performance

Michael Yoerger, Joseph A. Allen, John Crowe

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Interactions that occur prior to a meeting constitute premeeting talk (PMT). Of the different PMT types, research suggests that small talk PMT is especially meaningful. In this study, meeting participants’ interactions both prior to and during the meeting were video recorded, coded into sense units, and classified by coding schemes. This study investigated the influence of small talk PMT on both perceived and objective group performances, as well as the potential for positive socioemotional and problem-focused statements to serve as mediators. The results supported the mediating influence of both types of statements for only perceived performance. Our results suggest that a group-level babble effect can take place in meetings, such that groups who engage in more extensive discussion tend to believe that they achieved high performance, but objective ratings do not support this belief. Theoretical and practical implications, limitations of the study, and future research opportunities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-258
Number of pages33
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • babble effect
  • meetings
  • perceived group performance
  • premeeting talk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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