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  1. Thanks for this great episode.

    The eight second rule is a game-changer.

    It’s really interesting how this conditioning works to encourage learners to answer subsequent questions more readily.

    I also really appreciate Dave’s idea about never letting someone be alone in a negative response. Cushioning responses really helps build the instructor-learner rapport. I thought the example responses he provided were very useful.

    Keep up the great work!


  1. […] For years, Bonni has used the 8-second rule when facilitating or teaching. Simply allow 8 seconds of silence before asking a different question (you’ll almost never finish counting before someone speaks up). We talked extensively about how to do this on Bonni’s Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. […]