Activity for group communication
Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard at the FastCompany.com 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.