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Escalating Body Language to control talking

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This intervention is done when necessary, in any process in which participants speak too long. It is a very gentle intervention.

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Goal

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.

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Instructions


During

This intervention needs to be done in a natural way. It is a series of levels of body language that 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 spoken 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.

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: the person who has spoken for too long stops talking

Potential pitfalls: The person keeps speaking and a more forceful intervention is required.

Background

Source: Jon Jenkins

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