Magazine article Talent Development

Put Domineering Learners in the Parking Lot

Magazine article Talent Development

Put Domineering Learners in the Parking Lot

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THE SITUATION

When delivering a learning program, you want people to ask relevant questions. But what if they all come from the same person? A learner who monopolizes your dialogue with the class can discourage other participants from getting involved and push you off topic, but you don't want to make an already engaged learner feel ignored or excluded. What should you do?

THE TRICK

In an in-person training program, you can use a prop to enable hyperengaged learners to stay involved without dominating your class. It enables you to correct their behavior without calling them out or hurting their self-esteem.

Here's how you do it:

1. Set up a wall chart or flipchart at the side of your classroom. Label it "Parking Lot."

2. When someone begins taking over a conversation with questions, reach out to him. Acknowledge that his questions are relevant, valuable, and important. Then say that you want to hear them but need to make an arrangement for the sake of time. …

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