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7 fun communication games that promote mutual understanding


Communication is essential. Whether for business or pleasure, life goes more smoothly when you communicate well with one another.

But communication is a problem for many people. Even executives sometimes have difficulty making themselves understood. In fact, often the better you think you are communicating, the worse it is.

A study by the University of Chicago found that participants communicated just as well with strangers as they did with someone they knew well.

Our problem with communicating with friends is that we think we have deeper insights. Being close to someone seems to create the illusion of understanding rather than real understanding ”Said study co-author Nicholas Epley.

George Bernard Shaw was right when he said: “ The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it happened .”

Bad communication has real consequences. It can be as harmless as missing out on a movie with a friend, or more serious about missing a deadline at work. There are negative consequences if we do not know all the necessary facts or if we do not express them appropriately.

The good news, however, is that successful communication can be learned. Like most skills, you can get better with practice.

Here are 7 games to help you and your co-workers develop your communication skills.

Card pieces

In this game you divide the other players into groups of 3 or 4 people in at least 3 teams. Each team then receives an envelope with mixed, cut cards. The teams have the opportunity to swap and trade with one another for a specified period of time, thereby completing their cards. The team with the most completed cards wins.

The game works great because it promotes negotiation skills and empathy - key skills for effective communication. Negotiating skills will help you get to successful deals (or win-win situations). They also support you in dealing skillfully with less successful results.

Empathy helps you see things from a different perspective. This supports you in making your communication more effective. Not everyone communicates in the same way, so it is important to understand the other person's communication style and adapt.

blindfold

In this game, all players are divided into teams of two. A team member is blindfolded and contests an obstacle course, only with the support of the teammate who calls him the direction.

The blindfold game works because it promotes trust, listening, and instruction skills. Trust among team members is critical to effective communication. It promotes cooperation and successful teamwork. However, a lack of trust creates mistrust and prevents consent.

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Being able to give clear instructions is a must for effective customer support, especially in technical areas. When customers have difficulty understanding technical instructions, the more words one is inclined to use for explanation.

In fact, the more words technicians use, the more confused customers become. Briefness and careful use of words are the keys to better understanding.

Lisa McLeod explains it best in her article on effective communication: " Sharing too much information degrades the impact, especially when hidden in long, nested sentences, like the Charlie Brown teacher did .”

Building blocks

In the building blocks game you start with a team of 4 people and 2 identical sets of building blocks. One player is the game leader, another builder, one is a runner and the fourth team member is an observer.

The game master and the builder are on the other side of the room with their backs turned to each other. The game master has already built the structure and must give instructions to the runner, who sends them to the builder. The builder must then use the instructions given so that the building blocks ultimately have the same structure as intended by the game master.

The game promotes descriptive and teaching skills as well as teamwork. The division of tasks into teams helps in the efficient handling of projects. But for this to work, cooperation, targeted communication and trust are essential. The building blocks game helps to promote these important elements of teamwork.

If your team is made up of a larger group, you can break it down into smaller teams and see who best complements it. In the case of a smaller group, the game master can give the client the instructions directly, without a runner.

Crazy comic

In this game from the book 104 Activities that Build Alanna Jones divides each player into groups. Each group has to come up with their own comic.

Each player is responsible for a frame picture of the comic, so the length of the comic depends on how many people are in each group (three people, for example, depict a comic with three frames). Each team has a given window of time to discuss what the comic is about, what the team members are going to draw, etc.

Everything needs to be discussed in detail, because once you start drawing there is no interaction with the other team members. You can't even look at the other team members' drawings. Then all the teams get together to watch and discuss their comics.

Crazy Comic is so good because it encourages teamwork, consistency, and coordination. An effective team differs from less effective teams by the minimal support from the executives. It is therefore also a great game for spatially separated teams to improve the uniform perception of the vision across all areas.

The game can also be played by team members who work from different locations (remotely). You can communicate by phone or skype to create the comic.

Four at a time

The players are all seated in one room, only four can stand at a time. These four can only stand for 10 seconds before they sit down and need someone else to replace them immediately. The catch, however, is that players are not allowed to speak during the game. Any communication with the organization who will stand or sit must be non-verbal. The aim is to keep the game running for as long as possible.

“Four at a time” is ideal for strengthening non-verbal communication and teamwork. Non-verbal communication is essential in, for example, sales work in a team. Team members can help each other while in contact with a customer.

Training teamwork helps the team to work more effectively so that they can appear more cohesive in operational use.

The game works best in large groups. The larger the group, the better the non-verbal communication has to be. Due to the simple rules, it can actually be played anywhere.

Do yourselves together

A member of a two-person team was blindfolded. The blindfolded member is required to retrieve certain items from the center of a circle based on instructions from their partner. The game becomes more difficult over time as another two-man team joins the competition. Ultimately, the increase in the number of teams added makes the game impossible.

“Do yourselves together” promotes concentration and teamwork. This helps colleagues to work together effectively and cohesively in operating environments. Focusing on the person you are communicating with is important despite any distraction.

The game works best in large groups to increase the difficulty of the game. The more chaos in the end, the better!

misunderstanding

This game requires two people sitting with their backs against each other. Person A receives an object and has to describe it to person B (without explicitly saying what the object is). Person B then has to draw it based on Person A's descriptions.

The game misunderstanding promotes creative communication. Finding creative ways to communicate despite barriers creates problem-solving skills. No communication is exactly the same and creativity is required to ensure that communication is effective every time.

The game can be adapted to larger groups by working in teams of two. A competition can then arise as to who can present the most accurate drawing.

Games - Keys to Better Communication

Training communication should be a constant part of personal and professional development. The communication games can be played in all possible settings. They are useful for improving effective communication skills.

Also check out our posts on customer service training games and sales training.

This article was originally written by Kayly and translated into German by Mara Küsters