Group Games – Whispering #21On August 13, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will stand or sit in a circle. In this exercise a participant selected by the trainer will start to tell a story by whispering. The goal is that the story will go around in the group and stays fully intact. The story can be non fictional but it may also be made up. The first participant starts whispering. I remember the first time when I was in Florida with my parents. I was still very young and had never been this far from home. I never forgot how big the food portions were. As a nine year old I ordered a pancake for breakfast. Not much later the waitress came back with a plate on which eight pancakes were stacked on top of each other! With a lot of effort I could barely finish three. The rest of the day I couldn’t even eat because I was so full. The listener tries to remember as much of the story as he can and tells the story to the next participant. Almost always some details of the story will be forgotten or distorted. The participant starts whispering the story. I remember my first visit to the United States a long time ago. I was young and had never been this far from home. What I will never forget were the size of the portions of food. On my ninth birthday I ordered a pancake for breakfast. I expected one but I got six instead. With lots of effort I finished four. As a result I could barely eat for the rest of the week. The listener now retells the story to the next one in the circle. When I was on holiday in the United States I ordered pancakes for breakfast. What still stuck with me were the sizes of meals they ate there. On my tenth birthday I ordered pancakes. Instead of one pancake I got eight. With lots of effort I could finish a couple of those. The rest of the week I could barely eat. This person now tells the story to the next one in the circle. When I was on holiday in the United States I remember this breakfast I had. It was a whole lot. For my birthday they stacked lots of pancakes on top of each other. I didn’t even come close to finishing the whole plate. The rest of my holiday I had stomach aches because of it. When I was young I went on holiday to the United States. I still remember that on my birthday we went to lunch for pancakes. As a kid I actually shouldn’t have eaten them because of my allergies. The remainder of my holiday I had severe stomach irritations and spent most of my time on the toilet. The last person in the circle tells the story oud loud to the rest of the group. I was on holiday in America. For my birthday I got a lot of pancakes for lunch. Next thing I know I get stomach cramps because of my allergies. The rest of my holiday I sat on the toilet for most of the time because of my upset stomach. Now the participant who originally told the story may correct the story where necessary. In this case the main points of the story remained intact. The details however have been altered like the amount of pancakes, or where the story precisely took place. The one who originally told the story now may select someone else to tell a new story. Everyone will get to tell a story during the exercise. The exercise will be played in the same manner. Everyone whispers the story in the next persons ear until it reaches the last participant in the circle. You can ask the participants how they think information gets changed so quickly and if this also happens when they are working together. Is it the speed in which a story is told? Is the story altered because of the specific person telling it? Or was it the listener? And how could the transferring of information be improved? When the story has reached the last person he shares the story. The original teller of the story checks if the story has remained intact. The trainer guides the team during the exercise and bring variations. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And please subscribe to our channel to see a new team exercise each sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.