If you had to give just one piece of advice for new GMs, what would it? Something you learned along the way that you discovered right away or wished you knew earlier. This came from a convo we had last night around a specific point that @RichRogers told me that changed my GMing for the better.
Always address questions to specific players. Don’t drop open-ended questions on the table. It’s true f2f, but especially online. You cut out dead air and keep the scene’s momentum. This works, even if you’re asking something like “What does the group want to do next?”. Ask that, but address it to a specific player “What do you want to do next, let’s start with Sherri’s thoughts” and so on.
Obviously there’s exceptions to this, but as a general principle, I think it holds up. Learning this, deep into my GMing career, made me better at it.
Some what’s the one piece of advice you would give?