This has been the most difficult rule for me to enforce as a leader. I have been leading the Third Monday Workshop stress session made up of preachers, elders, youth ministers, and other interested Christians in the Nashville, Tennessee, area since the fall of 1989. Three times I have come to the group to suggest that we agree to dispense with this guideline because it is violated so often. It is embarrassing for me to call to account preachers and elders who are older than I am and have more education than I have for talking when they have agreed not to talk. But each time the group has assured me that it is important to the group process. We still have the guideline and it seems that it has been observed better.
When others start talking when someone has the floor, I pause the one talking, turn to the interrupters, and wait for them to finish. I then turn to the first speaker and say, “You may continue.” I have not had to do this in a couple of years.