Activity for group communication

Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard at the Leadership Now blog describe lessons taken from improv comedy that can be used to improve group communication and collaboration.

This could be developed into an in-class activity for students of group communication. You could have either one group or three different groups role-play a brainstorming business meeting under three conditions:

  • First, each person responds to another’s idea with “No, because…”
  • Second, each person must respond to another’s idea with “Yes, but…”
  • Third, each person must respond to another’s idea with “Yes, and…”

“Yes, and…” is an improv rule because it leads to inclusion of all ideas and scenes that go in interesting directions. The students will likely see how the role-played business meetings turn out very differently by having different speaking guidelines creating a different atmosphere of collaboration.

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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

One response to “Activity for group communication”

  1. Anonymous says :

    This sounds cool! I’m thinking about trying it in my class tomorrow night.

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