Games are one of the most effective ways to train people in communication. They provide a fun, hands-on way to educate and illustrate communication principles. Communication is one of the most important aspects of running a business or organisation. Ineffective communication can lead to frustration, confusion and unsatisfied employees and customers. Training to strengthen communication skills is one investment every organisation can afford.
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Blind follower is played to teach verbal communication skills and listening skills and to build trust between two people. Separate the team into pairs. In each pair, give one person a blindfold to put on. Set up a basic obstacle course using everyday common objects such as dustbins, chairs and small tables. Instruct the participants in each pair that they have to successfully complete the obstacle course by relying on each other. The blindfolded person will be forced to listen to and follow the other person. At the end of the game, spend time reviewing the communication principles demonstrated.
Have the group line up in a single-file line. Let everyone know that the group will have to successfully organise the line according to birth order, oldest first down to the youngest last. Before the team begins, have all participants close their eyes and tell them they cannot open their eyes at any point during the game. On top of taking away the participants' sight, take away their ability to use a known language to communicate. The team will have to work together and find creative ways to communicate with one another to complete the objective.
Create cards before playing this game with a word at the top of the card and the five most common words used to describe that word. For example, if the word at the top of the card is "flag," the five words below can be "wind," "long," "flaps," "America" and "fabric." The objective of the game is for one person to describe the word at the top of the card without using any of the words below. This will stretch the person's ability to communicate effectively. It will also challenge the listeners to listen carefully for clues to what the word they're trying to guess is. Once the person gets the group to successfully guess the word, the next person in the group takes turn. The person who is able to get the group to guess the word the fastest is the winner.
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