Assertiveness Training Exercise – Distance #53On August 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will stand in two lines facing each other. You tell the team which is line A and B. Each person from line A walks slowly towards the person in front of them. Just as long untilll person B feels person A is to close and says in his own words he isn’t comfortable anymore. When he says so person A stops walking and they switch roles. Now person B walks towards person A and person A will tell when he wants person B to stop walking. If so, person B stops walking. Person A and B switch roles a few times. Next the persons from line A shifts one place to the right so everyone stands in front of someone else. Person A walks towards person B. This time person B let person A know without talking only by body language when he senses person A is to close. For example by a hand gesture, way of looking, or other body language. Person A and B switch roles a few times. Person A shifts one spot to the right. Now person A and B walk at the same time towards each other in silence and feel together when the distance is on a certain length which feels right for both of them. When they stand still one of the two persons walks calmly forward and the other person walks backwards so the distance remains the same. On a random moment the other person walks forward and the first person walks backwards. Each duo feels together who walks forward and who walks backwards and what the distance is. Now the duo’s walk together through the room remaining the same distance. The directions they walk will be determined naturally initiated by both persons without one person being the leader. When this goes well the duos may organicly switch partners and while walking the new distance between the new duos will be set. It can take a while to determine the new distance. After walking around for a while everyone switches partners again on a self chosen moment and feels together with the new partner what the new distance will be. After a few minutes of walking and changing partners everyone stands in a circle and evaluates the exercise. Was it more powerfull to let the other person know by text or with body language that he was to close? Was the distance with each partner almost the same? Or was there a big difference? The trainer guides the team and applies variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And havent you subscribed yet? Hit the subscribe button below this video to stay tuned for a new team exercise each Sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.