“The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.”
Silence is Golden
Did you know it is a good thing for your conversations to have moments of silence? Silence, a form of non-verbal communication, can have a positive effect on your Kin relationship and can serve several purposes:
Full Attention: Waiting to be sure your Kin has finished shows that you are focused on what they are saying.
Share Completely: It gives your Kin a chance to add additional important information. It may give your Kin the reassurance to reveal something they were reluctant to share.
Time for Reflection: It gives you a chance to reflect on the information shared by the Kin and helps prevent misunderstandings.
Time to Think: It forces you to think twice about how you want to respond.
Silence is a normal part of the conversation, don’t feel pressured to fill the silence. Allowing time for silence can be a powerful tool for a deep and meaningful conversation.
Use this game to reinforce the concept of silence. Volunteers will learn to let the speaker finish speaking and themselves to finish listening before speaking.