Reframing Silence

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Identification
Level of process: 
Intervention
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
When a number of people are silent in a workshop.
Used as component of: 
When a number of people are silent and there is not necessarily a dominate person. This often happens in cultures where being assertive is not valured.
Recognizable Components: 
Reframing the silence or non-participation as reflectiveness, consideration for others, desire to learn, a good way to avoid criticism, etc.
Types of Participants: 
Non assertive people
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
a few minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
more participation
Level of participation: 
low
Potential Pitfalls: 
Silence continues.
How is success evaluated: 
Increase in participation
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
n/a
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Capable of standing back and determine what is needed.
Procedures: 

1. Reframing the silence or non-participation as reflectiveness, consideration for others, desire to learn, a good way to avoid criticism, etc.
2. Pacing the body language, especially head-shoulders-torso angulations.
3. Paradoxical isomorphic metaphors about non-participation being the first step toward participation, etc..
4. When the quiet ones finally do offer something original, I (sincerely) praise all that remotely justifies praising and begin to pace the communicational style, including representational systems. Works like a charm with almost everyone. The problem is shutting them up afterwards as they let out twenty or thirty years of repressed wisdom.

Background
Developer: 
Gil Brenson
Derived from: 
Neurolinguistic Programming
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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