Many virtual fqcilitators shy away from provding silence and puase points during their programming. Consider the impact and value of silence in in person programming? Chances are as you think about it you might consider the real value introverts and those that need a little more time for processing find when silence is given. Why not consider incorporating a little more silence in your virtual programs? This could include:
Pause points for people at the start of the call to get grounded, or capture their ideas in a worksheet/online notes.
- A pause point at the middle of the call for people to note what they have learned so far.
- A pause point throughout or at the end of major sections to capture their learning in a one page plan or a one page sheet which they are going to take forward within their work.
- A pause point at the end for people to take notes on their learning
- A pause point or 30 to 60 seconds of silence before you ask them to speak
- A pause point at any time for people to notice what their breathing is like (fast, slow, rushed). There is increasing research about the benefit of incorporating more mindfulness training in our work wit professionals of all kinds. This does not need to take a lot of time, and may simply involve introducing your virtual group members to pause points to notice their thoughts or what their body is saying throughout your virtual calls.
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