Four Opportunities to deal with "Air Hogs"

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Dealing with overly talkative people.
Level of process: 
Intervention
Intent or purpose: 
There are 4 opportunities to deal with "air hogs":
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Howto
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Pre-Work Required: 
1. Before the program starts. people who are likely to want more time can be involved in the design or other aspects of the preparation process. They can participate in preparation meetings. They can be talked to about their role. They can be given a formal role in the program such as giving a presentation about their relevant area of expertise. These things depend on the person, the situation, etc.
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2. The beginning of the program. By involving everyone at the beginning with things like a round robin or Focused Conversation a mode of behaviour is demonstrated. The purpose of the program can be explained including why everyone's ideas are important. If ground rules are used then giving everyone equal air time should be one of them. This sets a context for the whole group and for the individual.<br>
3. When the hogging starts. There are various techniques that can be used, such as nodding your head and saying yes faster and faster, thanking them and asking for other ideas; asking them to connect what they are saying to the topic at hand. Most interventions in the literature are for this time.<br>
4. The end of the program. As participation in programs does not end with the current workshop and as a story about the workshop needs to be created the evaluation is a good time to deal with helping people become more sensitive to others in other programs. Simply doing a evaluation of the program that deals with content, process, participation and delivery of the program would help.

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Background
Developer: 
Jon Jenkins
License Model: 
Open
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