SE: What do we do if someone is upset or sad in a meeting?

Assuming the behavior is disruptive to the meeting and depending on the circumstances, you could

(a) do a reaction round

(b) invite the member to speak about what is going on for them and then ask them what they request from the circle followed up with a reaction round of reflective listening or empathy before hearing the focus member speak again.

© Ask another circle member to support them outside of the meeting while the meeting continues or after it ends.

(d) Take a 5-minute break or a minute of silence

(e) any combination of these options.

For more information, check out our handbook Many Voices One Song section 5.5.3