Re: Using Silence in Meetings LO2877

Dr. Ivan Blanco (BLANCO@BU4090.BARRY.EDU)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 17:43:15 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO2737 --

> Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 11:53:29 -0400
> From:

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> The Quakers also share you uneasiness with fixed agendas and formal
> meetings. They have always begun their meetings in silence! And the
> silence is not broken until one feels "moved" to speak. The greatest sins
> are to speak when not moved and not to speak when moved. You can imagine
> the "pressure of silence", yet in the past, meetings often went for
> several hours without anyone speaking!
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The outlines and written agendas for meetings can be frustrating because
they normally contain what "one person" wants to get as an output for that
particular group. I always try to identify that from the material I
receive before meetings!

I use silence once in a while in my classes. The reaction might br for a
student to come up with a silly question about an assignment, just to
break the silence. In most instances a student will initiate the
conversation of the day by narrating an outside event to part of the class
material. I think that it works well to get people to start thinking
about the topics of discussion.


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