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Here is the article in question. Pay special attention to the illustrations; they make the author's point better than the text. The text follows below.
I am sharing this because it is the same metaphor that JL uses when I ride Sydney, but she calls it "keeping him in the conversation." Early on I had to work really hard to keep the volume down. That's like being a close talker for all you Seinfeld fans.
Can he hear me? No. Shorten the reins.
Is he feeling trapped and uncomfortable? Give him some space.
It seems as though my rides on Sydney are getting better and better in an exponential way. Something has clicked. Maybe I have become a better conversationalist!