maryprem1996 Started The Discussion:
Hi

I am a lecturer in a b school, I would like to improve the communication skills of the students both verbally and non verbally through games. I would much appreciate if anybody could post few games in this regard.

thanx

Mary
Posted 26th July 2011 From India, Madras
ACT 
Hi

I am sure a lot of quality communication related text books would have exercises and games incorporated to reinforce the learning. You can use them or adapt them to suit your requirements. However, to get you going here are a couple of games that you can play

1. What's the Good Word ( this used to be a popular game on DD in the good old days and used to be hosted by Ms. Sabira Merchant) Form teams of 2 or 3 or more and one member is given a word. He /she will ideally give one word clues to the word and the team members have to guess it. This is a good way to reinforce learning of synonyms. By tweaking the same game it can be used to learn antonyms too. eg. EGG - the clues could be yolk, hen, omelette, etc.

2. Forming sentences one word at a time by each subsequent participant in a row. Here teams of 5- 10 can be formed. A couple of word eg. knife, hot, shape etc can be given to a person nominated as the Joker in the team. The first person starts with a word and the the next person is to tell another word such that there is continuity and with each person contributing a sentence can be made. The joker does not utilize his word till a suitable situation arises where his/ her word fits in.( Pay attention to construction of the sentence and not to the logic or factual accuracy of the sentence formed. Useful to get beginners in the English language to get initiated into sentence formation)

I trust these games will trigger more ideas for you to adapt, adopt or innovate upon and make the learning interesting, exciting and emphatic.

You may also find the the contents of the following Inspirational and Motivational blogs useful to help improve vocabulary while also injecting a dose of optimism and self belief.

www.actspot.wordpress.com - Over 71,000 views and 515 followers
www.poweract.blogspot.com - Over 19,000 views and 149 followers

Best Wishes
Posted 26th July 2011 From India, Mumbai
Great value addition!

I am relatively new to this site but are highly impressed with the suggestions/ideas people are sharing with each other. Making communications more creative and innovative subject.

Best,
Soonam
Posted 27th July 2011 From India, Delhi
Hi You can play games like "Taboo" or "Pictionary" they are fast and exciting. You can get this games in the market.
Posted 27th July 2011 From Kuwait, Salmiya
thanq so much for the valuable ideas and i would appreciate if any more tricks are mentioned to improve my verbal skills
Posted 27th July 2011 From India, Hyderabad
ACT 
Hi Maheevarayuri....first of all there are no TRICKS to improve verbal skills. However there are methods and techniques. Some of them require expert guidance but a large part of it can be the result of hard work and persistance.

For anything you do in life, a clear goal /vision, adequate motivation / enthusiasm, hard work / discipline and the ability to take risks/ challenges are critical attributes. Your are very lucky that you have identified your problem and you are proactively seeking a solution to it.

What you also require are the key attributes called 'discipline' and 'enthusiasm' with which you can achieve anything you want.

Your enthusiasm is the reason you wrote in at Citehr. The next test is to be disciplined and follow the suggestions given here.

1. My first suggestion is to read as much as possible in English ALOUD. A standard daily English Newspaper and the Readers Digest have very good reading material. If possible record your voice and listen to it to know the areas the sounds, words and alphabets that give you trouble and on which you need to work.

2. The mother tongue influence is a problem for many considering that very few of us are native English speakers. To reduce that make more English speaking friends and make a determined effort to speak only in English, even if you keep forgetting words, or tend to stammer or your friends tend to laugh at you. This will require a lot of will power but believe me you will soon improve. If someone corrects your pronunciation don’t take offence, instead be grateful that he/ she is helping you correct yourself.

3. I would also suggest you try to learn at least 3 -5 new words and look up the meaning in a dictionary. then try and use these words in your daily work and in your communication to improve your vocabulary. Find synonyms for words that give you trouble and use the synonym.

4. If you still feel that professional help is needed then you will have to attend English speaking classes

5. Finally, if you can, do visit my blogs listed below regularly and try to learn the new words in it and also be inspired by it. Try to read the blog content alound.You can click on the links below for instant access.

www.actspot.wordpress.com - Over 71,000 views and 515 followers
www.poweract.blogspot.com - Over 19,000 views and 149 followers

Best Wishes
Posted 27th July 2011 From India, Mumbai
ACT 
Hi

I would also suggest that you can look up some of the daily newspapers and attempt the simple crosswords, wordbuilding games, word formation games, give part of a proverb and ask participants to fill in the blanks etc.

Just let your imagination run riot and I can guarantee you that you will be brimming with ideas.

Best Wishes
Posted 27th July 2011 From India, Mumbai
kriyaz 
Hi Mary,

As always - Jacob has given very fine ideas.

I would like to add some more because I have been working with B Schools of all categories.

Few Ground rules for improving Comn Skills::

1. Always Appreciate ( it builds confidence)
2. Have patience (no miracles happen)
3. Give clear specific individual feedback for improvement. ( it helps)
4. Let it be fun oriented so that they absorb quickly.

Now for the suggested activities ::

1. Thread a story ( start a sentence like " A man was walking on the road....")
and each person has to add one more line to continue the story
2. Extempore speeches. on random topics or current affairs.
3. Group discussions. - do -
4. Short Debates.
5. Short Playlets/ skits
6. Short Presentations ( non ppt)
7. Short Group presentations
8. Sellling items like pens or any stuff in the class
9 Motivational Poems - like 'Think you Can'
10. Throw a word at them. Let them make sentences at high speed.

HOPE IT HELPS
ALL THE BEST
Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Delhi
ACT 
Hi

Thanks Riyaz for your appreciation and also for adding to the ideas list. I am sure all those keen to make learning fun cannot say they do not have a list of ideas on how to enthuse and inspire the participants.

Regards
Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Mumbai
Dear Mr. Jacob I have browsed your blog and gone through some of your articles it was very interesting... Thanks Jay
Posted 28th July 2011 From Malaysia, Penang
Dear Mary,

One communication game click on my mind, which is as under:

In a group of students, select two persons.
One (1st person) will draw a drawing on the board as per the instructions of other person (2nd person).
2nd person will have one drawing consisting of trangle, circle, square, etc mixed.
Both the persons will stay atleast 15 feet far. 2nd person, by seeing the drawing, tells 1st person to draw the drawing as per the sheet he is having. However strict warning to both is that they will not look each other. 2nd person will only tell verbally to 1st person and on the basis of 2nd person's instruction, 1st person (u can add the audience also) draw the drawing on board.
After completing you can see the difference between actual drawing and drawing drawn on the board by 1st person.
This is a good example and exercise of communication, how we communicate with others and others how take it (with their own perception)
I think I've communicated in right manner.
If you have any doubt you can call me on 09011017601
Thanks,

Jayant Singarwadi


Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Pune
Dear Mary, You can also contact me on jayant.singarwadi@kirloskar.com Thanks, Jayant Singarwadi # 09011017601
Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Pune
Crazy Comic



Creating a good concept can take a really long time, and lots of thought must be put into it. When there is a large group of people working on the idea, the task may suddenly become easier because there is more brainpower working on the project. However, if people canít communicate their ideas with each other and make group decisions, many problems may arise. This activity is a simple task, but a great deal of communication is needed if a group is to be successful when attempting to work together to create an original idea.



Objective

To communicate ideas with others and make group decisions based upon discussion.



Who

People who need to work on communicating ideas with other people and who need to learn how to make a group decision by compromising on the ideas given.



Group Size

3 or more



Materials

Paper

Pens or pencils

Colored markers, crayons, or colored pencils



Description

Divide the group into smaller groups of three to six members each. Supply each person in each group with a piece of paper and writing utensil. Instruct the groups that they are to create an original comic strip and each person in the group must draw one frame of the strip (if there are four people in a group, the comic strip will contain four frames). The group must decide what to draw, the story line and who will draw what (there is a lot of communication involved in this one)!

Once the discussion has taken place about the comic strip and the decisions have been made, each person draws the frame s/he is responsible for on his/her own piece of paper. Everyone should be drawing at the same time and not taking turns with their group members. If you want to make it really challenging, donít allow group members to see each othersí papers when they are drawing.

After the comic strips are completed, allow time for sharing and give each group a chance to show their comic strip to the other groups.



Discussion Prompts

1. What different communication skills were needed for this activity?

2. How important was communication during this activity?

3. What was the most difficult part of this activity for you?

4. Did your comic strip flow? Why or why not?

5. When involved in part of a group process, do you want things to always go your way or do you allow others to contribute ideas?

6. Why is it important to be able to make decisions with other people?

7. What things do you need to do when making decisions with others?

8. In your life, when is it important to be able to communicate clearly with others?



Variation

Give them some ideas about what characters or settings to use in the comic strips.
Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Madurai
Direction Direction



In our society there is a constant transfer of information from one person to another. You must be careful when you pass information on if you want it to stay accurate. One great example shows up in rules for a game. If you check with people in different parts of the country you will find out that many of the games have different rules. Someone, something changed the rules a little bit



In this activity someone gets a set of rules and the group gets to see how easy it can be to make mistakes in passing them on. This can be a fun way to see what can happen when information is not passed on correctly.



Objective

For people to recognize the importance of using good communication skills when giving directions and when receiving directions. To recognize the difficulties encountered when interpreting what someone else said.



Who

People who believe everything they hear.

People who could benefit from listening carefully to directions and passing them along correctly.



Group Size

2 or more



Materials

- Varies

Description

Chose a game that has a few specific rules that must be followed in order to play the game (and enough rules to make it hard to remember them all). Prior to the activity select one person and give him/her the direction for the game without telling the rest of the group. Verbally explain the game can clearly state all of the rules.



At the time of the game, the person who has heard the rules will give the directions to the rest of the group without any help from you. Allow the group to play the game once through before having a group discussion or making any corrections or clarifications in the rules of the game.



Discussion Topics

1. Was there any confusion about the rules of the game?

2. Why do you think the game was explained correctly (or incorrectly)?

3. What is important to remember when listening to others and when giving directions?



Variations

- Select a game that requires two teams. Separate the two teams and select one member from each team to receive the directions for the game. Each person explains the rules to his/her team.

- Give each team a different set of directions, on purpose.
Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Madurai
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Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Calcutta
Hi..

I am Soft skill trainer and would like to have your suggestions on some activity based training contents on Confidence building, Positive attitude building and how to remove Speaking Fear.

will be great if you can help me out.

AMIT MATHUR
Posted 28th July 2011 From India, Thana
Dear Mary,

One communication game click on my mind, which is as under:

In a group of students, select two persons.
One (1st person) will draw a drawing on the board as per the instructions of other person (2nd person).
2nd person will have one drawing consisting of trangle, circle, square, etc mixed.
Both the persons will stay atleast 15 feet far. 2nd person, by seeing the drawing, tells 1st person to draw the drawing as per the sheet he is having. However strict warning to both is that they will not look each other. 2nd person will only tell verbally to 1st person and on the basis of 2nd person's instruction, 1st person (u can add the audience also) draw the drawing on board.
After completing you can see the difference between actual drawing and drawing drawn on the board by 1st person.
This is a good example and exercise of communication, how we communicate with others and others how take it (with their own perception)
I think I've communicated in right manner.
If you have any doubt you can call me on 09011017601
Mail ID :
Thanks,

Jayant Singarwadi
Posted 29th July 2011 From India, Pune
Dear Shivani,

Pl. do let me know the result / response after incorporating the game.
Also would like to know some other games which you are using during training sessions.
You can mail me on -
Thanks,

Jayant Singarwadi
# 09011017601
Posted 31st July 2011 From India, Pune
very good suggestions.. thanks to the website.. those games are really nice... i want to know abt the games "Taboo" or "Pictionary"... can any of u tell me
Posted 31st July 2011 From India, Erode
Hi hermi pooja

Taboo is a game of word cards, there is a particular word which is mentioned on the card, the person playing the card has to describe the word to his team, within 1 minute time. The fun part is below the mentioned word, there are list of words which the player cannot use while describing that mentioned word. the team has to guess the mentioned word described the player within 1 minute, more cards you finish in a minute more points team scores.

Pictionary is a game in which there is a word mentioned on the card, and you have to draw the word to describe it to your team, player is not allowed to speak. only draw.

You can get this games in any toy store, specially which sells games like monopoly, skool, or other board games.
Posted 31st July 2011 From Kuwait, Salmiya
Hi all

thanks a ton for all these valuable suggestions, its wonderful and feels great to be part of such a fantastic group.

Thanks Jayant for that game

Thanks Kriyaz for those suggestions

Thanks Jacob those games and ideas

with much appreciation

Mary
Posted 31st July 2011 From India, Madras
Recently I had to look out for some good management games and exercises. After lots of search and research I found a few good resources. Of them, I found the following book on management exercises, one of the finest.

Its title: "Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers" (its eBook is available at Amazon) containing some 50 odd games with detailed instructions on how to administer the game.
Posted 1st August 2011 From India, Pune
Thanks jacob for this valuable suggestion to improve communication skills.It is very useful for me. Mili
Posted 2nd August 2011 From India, Calcutta
Thanks Kriyaz for the wonderful game idea to improve communication skills . Thanks for ur suggestions. regards Mili
Posted 2nd August 2011 From India, Calcutta
You may also try using some good placards, relating to situations which require more of an analytic view of thought rather than a subjective one..It will not only help the students to reap their interest in learning but will also help them develop the Intelligence quotient.

If you want, I can surely share a few sample placards with you.
Posted 16th August 2012 From India, New Delhi
Hello Mary,
I am also working in a B school, and is involved with certain sessions of PD and english improvement too.
Defacto, I also implement the ways as suggested by Mr Riyaz Khan, in my classes.They really work. along with these the Story Coining works a lot to develop the thinking process and vocabulary and also the grammer of students .
Along with this,you can incorporate the discussion session in which a topic may be given to the class and make partners of two.and then after 15 min or so ask each team to come and present what they discussed with each other reg the topic.
meanwhile you may give your inputs of vocabulary used if the students want to know.
this excercise will enhance their english, presentation skills and thought process together.
Ratika chawla
Posted 27th April 2013 From India, Moradabad



 
 
 
 







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