Stop and think about all those meetings where you didn't have time to stop and think. Did you perfom wisely? Did your team manage to raise above trivial concerns and vision the big picture of your business? Bastian Overgaard is an expert on Silent Co-creation and how silence can be used to boost team performance, creativity and authentic leadership.
Most meetings are battlefields where speed talkers shoot words against each other while no one is listening. Because of this meetings are also the birthplace of endless misunderstandings and errors which could have been avoided with a moment of silence
Moments of silence are mostly given in respect to the dead. Maybe because the living would just interupt us. Joking aside. Why is it, we actually see a moment of silence as the greatest respect we can give someone, and we don't give it to each other? We talk and talk, but often we forget to listen.
With Silent Co-creation we raise to a wiser form of communication trough the use of silent and co-created spaces. Just like the actor uses moments of silence to emphasize on certain words and composers use silence the right places to create profound music, we can also use silence to optimize our meetings.
Silent Co-creation is used in normal meetings to stop time just long enough to raise our visionary minds, just enough to connect with each other and just enough to allign with our authentic selves. You see, our egoes thrives in our words. So when we spend time in mutual silence, we gently push the ego aside. This creates a more honest space. A safe space. A space where we can let go of enough control to actually surprise ourselves, come up with new and more sustainable solutions.
When you facilitate Silent Co-creation, you will hear these comments afterwards:
The 4 steps of silent co-creation
The four elements are the following:
A Silent Co-creation Meeting can be facilitated with up to 80% silence and 20% talk. This actually makes everyone communicate much more precisely. Right on target. Why? Because everyone have time to reflect before they talk. And when anyone talks, everyone listen.
You know about wasting time, if you have been at meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences where the agenda was filled with constant talking. Often without time for thinking theese meetings have been like candy stores for those egoes who just love to hear themselves talk. And boy, they can talk. One simple idea can take 2, 3 or 5 minutes to explain if they get the chance.
You know this is wasting your time, but they're getting away with it, because talking is honored as proactivety and silence dismissed as inactivity. The best and fastests talkers take control over the meeting. Not necessarily the best thinkers.
This is why Silent Space Facilitation is a perfect tool for the visionary leader. When they bring people together laders know that if they take their time in the right places, time won't take them. With constant talking we are in constant stressful and unproductive noise.
So if you want to stay ahead of time, take time to think. Just as you don't drink and drive, you shouldn't think and talk at the same time. Create a Silent Space in you next meeting - but do it in agreement and co-creation with others.
It can be as little as 2-3 minutes in the middle of the meeting. Agree to sit in silence together. No phones. No distractions. No meditation. No mindfulness. Just sitting quiet together. Do this and you will experience ... well let me know, what you experience, please?
I invite you to write me, and I would be happy to share insights from my 12 years of experience with Silent Co-creation Facilitation.
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