Dealing with overtalkers and non-talkers

Does your group have a member who likes to take more than his or her fair share of the group time? This situation can be frustrating to other members of the group who may feel left out of the discussion. It can also affect the level of intimacy that the group is able to develop because healthy interaction of the entire group is stunted.

How about people who don't participate in the conversation at all? How do you deal with these opposite extremes to a healthy group dialogue?

As the group leader, it is up to you to help the "overtalker" understand how their behavior is affecting the dynamics of your group meeting...and to do so with sensitivity and gentleness. At the same time, you need to encourage the quiet folks to add their valuable thoughts to the meeting as well.

The video below may help you with this important leadership function.