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Communication Exercise: Read Me

Communication Exercise: Read Me


Purpose

This is an exercise in communication with the aim to increase awareness of body language and non-verbal communications.

Objective

Delegates to recognise and develop sensitivity to different individual’s non-verbal communications, body language and responses.

What You Need

  • A copy of the worksheet for each participants (below)
  • Pens

Setup

  • Distribute the form to all delegates.
  • Ask the delegates to consider each case when they wanted to communicate that feeling or need to others. Ask them to evaluate their non-verbal body language for each case.
  • They must include how they felt emotionally, what were their posture, eye movement and stress level for each case.
  • Give delegates 10 minutes to complete this exercise.
  • Ask the delegates to share their observations with each other and find similarities or differences.
  • Follow with a discussion.

Timing

Explaining the Test: 5 minutes.

Activity: 15 minutes

Group Feedback: 10 minutes.

Discussion

Discuss how differences in personalities, expectations, needs and even culture determines our non-verbal communications. Encourage delegates to discuss the dangers of interpreting non-verbal communications without considering individual differences.

Worksheet

 

I Want to Be:

Observed Body Language

Talked to

 

 

 

Respected

 

 

 

Admired

 

 

 

Comforted

 

 

 

Reassured