Silence is a wonderful thing and can have many different meanings. If the silence confuses me because I don’t know its cause, I can find out by asking the group about what is going on. Fatigue, emotional distress, the need for self-reflection, confusion over the issue or expectations may be some of the reasons behind fewer people speaking up, which is what I term “silence”. Whatever the cause, there are other working methods that may be better suited to the moment. Communicate with the group and you will find a solution.