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Mirror

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Pairs

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Benefits:

Non-verbal communication

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Eye contact

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Listening with your body

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Focus

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Give and take

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Concentration

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Trust

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Getting to Know You

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Description:
Tell everyone to find a partner in the room, preferably someone you don't know very well or don't work with often. Decide who is A and who is B. You will face your partner and an easy way to begin is to stand with your palms open and facing each other but not touching. Instruct the pairs that when you say Go, A will begin to move and B will follow or mirror the movements of A. Instruct them that the point is to move slowly and precisely, so that you would have trouble telling who is leading and following. Tell them to keep eye contact, don't look at the hands or any other part that is moving.

Tell them after a little while you as the facilitator will call out SWITCH. When that happens then B is the leader and A is the follower. This should be a fluid transition. Eventually there is no way to tell which player is leading the exercise. The focus is being shared rather than taken by one player or the other.

Tips:
- Time it. I usually give 2 minutes. - When explaing how it is played pull someone up with you and show how it is done. You be the leader. - When explaining the that the purpose is not to try and mess up your partner, you can make real big, fast and crazy moves so that the volunteer who is your demo partner can't keep up. Usually gets a laugh. - When explaining about calling out Switch! make sure you say only you as the facilitator will call Switch. I have had people in the class all of a sudden decide it was time to switch and yell it out.

Discussion:
Usually at the end there is clapping or laughter or sighs of relief. Wait for that to die down and then ask them, "So, what did you think?" How di

Applications:
LOTS. Every time I use this exercise and I have used it alot. I learn a new application. Problem is I haven't been writing them all down. Here are some. Let me know if you come up with some of your own. - Eye contact with one other humanbeing for 2 minutes(or however long you timed it for) - Empath - Developing a connection with another person - Practice concentration

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