Ep 14 - Three Mistakes Overly Talkative Facilitators Make that Shut Down Conversation, and How to Step Back and Let Go a Bit

Whether you are outgoing, shy, or “it’s complicated,” when we find something we are excited about and in the mood to talk about and we get into the zone… any one of us can go on and on and on!

There is nothing more fun (if I do say so myself) than talking at length about a subject you care deep;y about, especially when you are with others who also share your enthusiasm.

And there are certainly times, in the classroom included, when you should be in the spotlight, pontificating and storytelling and musing at length so that others can learn from your expertise and insights.

But there are other times, especially during class discussions, when the students are better served by your measured guidance and active listening–not so much your prolific speaking.

When the facilitator talks too much, it eats up time that students could otherwise be speaking.

It can intimidate certain students who worry their contributions could never equal your own and so it can therefore discourage some students from speaking up even when the floor is open to them.

And when you speak too much, it can actually derail the discussion–focusing attention on you and where you want the discussion to go, not necessarily on what is piquing the interests of the students and what they are wanting to explore.

In other words, when you talk too much, you risk interfering with your students’ learning.

So how do you step back and let go a bit as a facilitator?

In today’s episode of Let’s Talk Facilitation, I have a heart-to-heart with my listeners who struggle with finding the right balance of talking, guiding, and listening in their classes.

I share three mistakes overly talkative facilitators make that inadvertently shut down conversation, and what you can do instead.

Of all the problems facilitators have to work through, and as challenging as this may be for some, learning to step back is a pretty great place to be working from. After all, it means you are super enthusiastic about what you are teaching!

And that’s a wonderful gift for your students.

Today, I’ll just help you finesse it.

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