That depends. If you are having really positive discussion on a topic that gets to exploring something that is important to the cohort, then that’s time well spent. If conversations get commandeered by a couple of participants who are the only ones benefiting from the conversation, ask them to move the discussion to break time or into the chat if meeting virtually.

As the facilitator, it’s important to know what content is important to cover each week. Watch for the tips in your facilitator binder that will show you things you can skip or assign as field work if you find the session is running behind the suggested schedule.