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Communication Filters


Hi all,

I have created a session on resilience however i wanted to add an exercise about Filters but i am struggling with ideas on what i could do... any suggestions?

3 Responses

  1. Graphics and listening exercises

    You might want to start with graphic depictions, e.g. I saw a cartoon of two people in chairs facing each other with clouds above each of their heads filled with other people.

    You might also do a listening exercise. Pair up, have a standard speech that one person says to the other. The second person then writes down what they were thinking while they were listening. Then compare all of the listeners thoughts to show how our personal interests and experiences affect how we hear and interpret.

    You could also use some news of the day and write the story two different ways (using the same facts) – one from a conservative point of view and one from the liberal. Wouldn’t be much of an engaged exercise though.

    Good luck – it would be great to hear what you end up doing.

    — Julia Wolfe, M.Ed

  2. Rapport

    Good old fashioned rapport exercise. Person A faces Person B. and starts talking about a subject that interests them. Person B has been briefed to start listening actively (showing good baody language etc.). At a given signal (after about a minute) Person B then breaks that rapport by whatever means (starts to look disintersted, fiddles with watch, wanders off to get drink of water etc.). Then at the next signal Person B goes back into rapport. Total exercise time should be about 5 mins. Debrief around how Person A felt when rapport was broken. But also perhaps how Person B felt having to be in rapport despite the subject maybe not being of interest to them.


    Sure there’s alot more you could pick out of the bones of that.

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