Draw what you hear
- Pair people up and ask your couples to sit back to back.
- One person in each pair should have a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.
- Once everyone has settled, give the other person in the pair an abstract drawing (different shapes maybe joined up together) to describe to the other person in the pair.
- Give them two minutes to describe and draw without asking or answering any questions.
- Then you allow another minute for the drawer to ask questions.
Debrief: When the time is up, ask them to compare the drawing to the original. Discuss why there were differences (there always are!). Was it the describing or was it the listening? Was it because they couldn’t ask questions to clarify what was being described and what about not being able to see the person to get the visual clues of looking for understanding of what one is saying e.g. nodding or frowning etc What about the noise in the room – is it a distraction when you want to listen to someone properly? What should you do to create a good environment for listening; how should you behave to show you are listening? etc . Posted by Sandie Gay
Variation: Conduct the exercise in a series of rounds. In every round the communicator will describe a picture we give them of assorted geometrical shapes. In the first round the listener/drawer can’t ask any questions, just listen and draw based on what they hear. The second round a different picture of geometric shapes is described and the listener/drawer can only asked closed-ended questions. The third round a different picture of geometric shapes is given and the listener/drawer can use his/her active listening skills. We discuss how accurate were the pictures? How well the communicator describes the picture will determine how successful they want to be with a customer. Posted by Annette West
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