Again, speaking with the organizational development specialist (ODS), I recounted a tale from my earlier instructional session where I became very aware of something I had learned in the Library Leadership Development Program. According to the team player assessment tool, I am a communicator. Those that know me, would surely agree! One of the traits of being a communicator is that silences make me incredibly uncomfortable, and I will typically jump in with a response if the silence becomes too long in my mind. In my instruction session I noted that several times I was to quick to jump in with an answer and rescue my students from the silence. The ODS suggested that I count to 7 in my head to see if the question is answered by a participant.
I plan to try that on Monday in my next session.... but I am sure it will seem like an infinite amount of time for me, the communicator!