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Count to 5

Type:

In front of class

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Benefits:

Verbal Communication

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Listening

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Description:
Ask for 2 volunteers.

I usually ask for a place/errand you need to go after work or a relationship works well. Instruct the pair to perform a scene with alternating lines, but before each of them speaks, they

must silently count to 5.

Tips:
I usually sit on the floor and or the middle of the group where the pair may not see me but the rest of the class can and I count to 5 with my fingers. I also instruct the players as to think about what is the best response they can make to what the otehr person said.

Discussion:
Ask each of the volunteers how it felt. Was it hard to wait? Did they change their mind in the 5 seconds of what they were going to say ?

Applications:
How many times, when we are spoken to, do we formulate a response before the other is done speaking? Too often this leads to miscommunication and a misreading of intent. We all need to slow down and pay attention to what people are saying to us.

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