Chris Michel asks:
> Participants need to understand
>that periodic silence does not mean that they are being ignored, but
>instead that the active listening has engaged the suspension identified as
>an essential element by David.
>Which raises a question for me, how do we help those participating in the
>dialogue grasp these subtleties?
The easy answer is: Tell them. Dialogue is, for most people, an
uncomfortably new but very refreshing and desirable experience. Those who
have taken the responsibility for introducing others to dialogue also have
a responsbility to explain what they might experience. One of these is
the unbearable lightness of silence...
Jack Hirschfeld Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore? firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning-org -- An Internet Dialog on Learning Organizations For info: <email@example.com> -or- <http://world.std.com/~lo/>