IAF Methods

Reframing Silence

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When a number of people are silent and there is not necessarily a dominant person. This often happens in cultures where being assertive is not valued.

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Goal

Encouraging participation when a number of people are silent in a workshop.

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Instructions

Types of participants: Non assertive people

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 communication 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.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: more participation

Potential pitfalls: Silence continues.

How success is evaluated: Increase in participation

Background

Source: Gil Brenson

Derived from: Neurolinguistic Programming

Recognizable components: Reframing the silence or non-participation as reflectiveness, consideration for others, desire to learn, a good way to avoid criticism, etc.

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