Talking Stick

Type of Activity:  Processing Tool

Props Needed:  The actual prop needed for a Talking Stick can be literally anything you want it to be.  It could be a stick you pull out of the woods or it could be something more elaborate that you put some time and effort into creating.

This is a common method for both use as a speaking prompt and group management tool during reflective discussions.

Concept:  Providing an opportunity for each person to talk without being interrupted.

Process:  The Talking Stick can be used for those groups who talk over each other and don't really listen to what their teammates have to say.  The Talking Stick is just what it sounds like--whoever has the stick gets to talk!  And everyone else listens.

As the Facilitator, you will have to be creative as to who gets the stick next, maybe a finger system of holding out the number in which the next person is to talk, i.e.  The next person to talk holds out the number 1 on their fingers, the person after that holds out the number 2, and so on.

Or just pass the stick around the circle and then next person to the right gets the stick.

If you use the Talking Stick a lot with your groups, they can really get into this activity.  They will give the stick a name and eventually start asking for the stick on their own. That way they are more in control of their process.  Sometimes that works and sometimes you have to intervene.  Play with it and make it your own!


For more resources see:  A Teachable Moment

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