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This group exercise can be used to explain the communication process, speaking effectiveness, listening effectiveness, perception, noise, distortion in communication, loss in communication, need for dialogue and feedback etc.
You, as a workshop facilitator or the program leader, will divide the entire participants into small groups; each group consisting of around 7 to 10 members. Select the participants randomly to form groups. Suppose there are a total of 21 participants and you wish to form three groups of 7 each, then ask the first person nearest to you to shout out serial number 1, the person next to him shouts 2, the third person shouts 3. The fourth person will start his serial as 1 again and the next two will say 2 and 3. This way all the participants will repeat 1, 2 and 3. Then ask the persons with serial number 1 to form group number 1, the persons with serial number 2 to form group number 2 and the persons with serial number 3 to form group number 3.
Members of each small group will sit together in a circle, as a group.
Draft out a message of three to five sentences. Give one member of each group this written message. This member will read the message once and make a mental note of it. Then he will call another member of his group and narrate the same message in such a manner that the rest of the group members cannot hear what he is saying. The second member cannot have a dialogue with the first person or cannot give any feedback. The second member will just make a mental note of it and pass on the same to the third member. This process will continue till the last member of each group receives the message. This process will be administered by each group.
The last member of each group will note down the message on his note pad.
The last member of each group will read out for the benefit of entire participants group what he has noted down.
You as the the program facilitator will readout or show them the original message.
Each participant will now analyze what was his understanding of the message and what did he transmit. How did it compare with the contents of the original message? What were the reasons for any difference he experienced.
Participants will share their analysis in the group and you- the program facilitator will sum up with your own analysis and observations.
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