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Speak Schmeak

It's easy for people who are shy to sit back and wait for the more outgoing members to speak up. How do you keep some people from dominating and help others to break out of their shell? I've started meetings with icebreaker-type questions like, "What's the oldest item of clothing you're wearing?" Adults will go to great lengths to avoid embarrassing themselves, so it's important to cultivate trust and a safe environment.