Escalating Body Language to control talking

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Identification
Intent or purpose: 
The use of body language to suggest that a speaker has talked for too long and it is time for them to let others talk.
Used as component of: 
This interention is done when necessary in any process in which participants speak too long. It is a very gentle intervention.
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
11-25
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2 or 3 minutes
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Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
the person who has spoke too long stops talking
Level of participation: 
very little
Potential Pitfalls: 
The person keeps speaking and a more forceful intervention is required.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
any
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
any
Setting and Materials: 
none
Resources Needed: 
none
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

This intervention needs to be done in a natural way. It is a series of levels of body language than suggests that the person has made their point, has been heard, and it now time for them to stop talking.



1. When you feel that the person has spoke too long or about to speak too long. Usually this is when they are repeating themselves or have gone off the point.


2. Start nodding your head slowly and slowly begin increasing the speed of the nod.

3. If they continue look at them and smile while nodding.

4. If they continue, under your breath begin saying, "Ok, ok." or "Good, Good".

5. If they still have not stopped you might consider at this point a verbal response.

6. If they are still talking, slowly walk around the table (or what ever is there) so that you end up behind the person.

7. If this has not worked then go to a more verbal approach.

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
none
Background
Developer: 
Jon Jenkins
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