O'Reilly logo

The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 29

Structured Silence

A crucial element in a conversational rhythm is silence. Yet lulls in a discussion are often experienced as awkward and interpreted to mean that nothing is happening. Structured Silence is a way to help people become comfortable with silence as an integral part of any discussion session.

Purposes

  • To embed periods of silence in discussions so that participants feel comfortable during these lulls
  • To keep discussion grounded and focused by introducing regular opportunities for people to identify important points and new questions
  • To give those who have not contributed an opportunity to shape the conversation

How It Works

  • Every fifteen minutes or so the facilitator asks people to pause for two to three minutes ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required