Re: Talk or not to talk?
Like everything else in the world: in moderation.
We can't learn aikido (or anything) simply by hearing about it: were that true, then we would all be masters of ancient ninjutsu and I could actually play the guitar.
On the other end of the spectrum, sometimes lecture, thought, reflection, etc can be important. I'm studying to be a nurse: although most of our skill and knowledge is acquired on the floor, there is (obviously) quite a bit that must be considered before stepping into a "real world" situation.
I guess, if anything, my advice would be to say a little more than you think you should, but a little less than they think you should.
Good to be back,