Here is an activity that I use for communication Skills workshop for the listening section. This is how this activity is conducted:
Time taken for the activity: 10 minutes.
Time taken for debriefing: 20 minutes
Material needed: A sheet of paper with geometrical pattern. I have attached a geometrical pattern that I have created. You can use the same pattern or create a new pattern.

Activity: Break the participants into groups of 5. Ask them to select a leader from amongst themselves. Give a sheet of paper with the geometrical pattern to the leader. Give a blank sheet of paper to each of the other group members.

Take the leaders of all the groups aside and instruct the leaders that they have to sit facing away from their group members (with their backs to their group) in such a way that they can neither see the paper in thier hands nor his expressions. They have to explain the pattern on their paper to their group in such a way that they should be able to draw it on their papers. The leader is also not allowed to use his hands to gesticulate. Do not give instructions about whether the group members can ask him questions or not but during the activity, the trainer must observe whether any of the groups asks questions.

Instruct the group members that they have to reproduce whatever their leader tells them to draw.

Start the activity. Tell them that they have 10 minutes for the activity. Observe the leader and the group members and the interaction.

Stop the activity at the end of 10 minutes.

Tip: More often than not, the group members are unable to reproduce the pattern. They blame the leader for not being able to communicate well or for not knowing the correct terms for the geometrical patterns or for the noise in the room or insufficient instructions by the trainer about whether questions can be asked to the leader etc.

Debrief: Initiate a discussion on what went wrong and what worked for the groups, what could have worked well and have helped them achieve their target. Draw parallels to what stops us in life during communication.

This is a fantastic activity to focus learning on barriers to communication and assumptions we make about communication.

Rupa Mehta

8th July 2008 From India, Mumbai

Attached Files
File Type: ppt listening-activity.ppt (11.0 KB, 12629 views)

Corporate Soft Skills Trainer, Business Coach,
Rupa Mehta
Trainer-soft Skill
Still A Learner
Fire & Safety
+3 Others

I play this activity for Communication Skills - it brings out so many elements of Communication - including listening, of course!
22nd September 2009 From India, Bangalore
Can any one explain the meaning of PPT & the inter connectivity with the post of Communication Skill Workshop . Plz......
12th February 2010 From India, Mumbai
Hey its a wonderful activity and for those who can’t link the matter and the Ppt plz apply your brains....Its a wonderful activity for Comm Skill & Listening Skills
25th September 2010 From India, Ghaziabad
Dear All,
I have used this previously & the benefits are immense. For example, Everyone understands importance of communication, but few realize the perceptions behind the communication. More so if you are dealing with cross cultural audience.
This exercise is an excellent tool to put the point across to the learners.
As reply to a previous comment, the diagram is not supposed to make any sense but it is a very diagram containing geometric symbols.
26th September 2010 From Qatar, Doha
Re: PPT on Basic Communication Skills - Excellent
Get 60 Soft Skills PPT ready to be used in a Training Program at nominal cost:
Soft Skills - soft skills training ProductS
1st October 2010 From India, Mumbai
Awesome activity buddy , and ya the pattern attached actually gives a good scope for explanation in an effective manner....keep the good work going!!!
16th August 2012 From India, New Delhi
Great stuff. Just what I've been looking for. This will make the workshop interesting and will show the candidates that what is said and meant is not always heard and understood in the same way as it was intended..
19th October 2012 From South Africa, Durban
My name is Madhvi and I would request you all t share more activities based on communication trainings, if you have.
3rd January 2013 From India, Nasik
Effective way to help explain Barriers of communication . Do keep posting I believe its the best way for the Trainers to exchange Ideas for self & Group Productivity
27th September 2013 From India, Hyderabad

Please login to participate in this discussion or start your own. Create Account
This discussion thread is closed. If you want to continue this discussion or have a follow up question, please post it on the network. Add the url of this thread if you want to cite this discussion.

About Us - Advertise - Contact Us - RSS   On Google+  
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms Of Service
Facebook Page | Follow Us On Twitter | Linkedin Network

All rights reserved @ 2017 Cite.Community™