Asking for opinions from silent people
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"I'd like to get opinions from those who haven't talked for a while."
Breaking into small groups works even better. Small groups allow shy members to speak up without having to compete for "air time."
Examples of successes and failures: A common mistake is to say, "Mr Z, you haven't talked much today. Is there anything you'd like to add? This may work when a shy member has non-verbally indicated a wish to speak. But all too often, the quiet person feels put on the spot and withdraws further.
History of Development: Developed by Community at Work with Sam Kaner. http://www.communityatwork.com
Alternative names: One or two silent members in a group whose other members participate actively.