Presentation Exercises – How other people see you #16On August 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During this exercise the team will sit or stand in half a circle. The trainer stands in front of the group. During this exercise everyone will find out how other people see them by introducing themselves in a neutral way. The trainer will lead by example. You come up from the side stand in front of the group and say: I am, .. your name, and then you walk to the other side. You explain the participants that when someone introduces himself they have to pay close attention to what he is doing more than being neutral. For example that somebody smiled or was shaking his hands. Now you select someone from the participants to start the exercise. This person comes up, says: I am, .., then his name and leaves. The participants pay close attention to what the person does additionally to introducing himself. They point out what they see without any interpretations. For example that he was lifting his eye brows. Or that he laughed a little after saying his name. When someone says something that includes an interpretation for example: he introduced himself in an insecure way. Then you ask him if he can name what he saw that made him look like insecure. For example: His eyes were rapidly blinking and therefor he looked insecure. After the observations the person comes up again and introduces himself again and he introduces himself. this time without doing what the team made him previously aware off so he introduces himself as neutral as possible. Note that the neutral doesn’t mean lifeless or in slowmotion. It’s only bringing awareness to tics in the body or someone’s face he wasn’t aware of before. After his second try the group gives feedback again about what they have seen. He shaked his hand, winked his eyes again and raised the corner of his mouth. Now he comes up for the last time as neutral as possible. Explain that tics or habits someone has can be very positive for someone. However, it’s useful to be aware of them. For example: if you are aware of the fact that you always raise your eye brows you can also choose not to do it. The person that introduced himself now rejoins the the rest of the group and selects a new candidate for the exercise. This proces will be repeated until everyone has had a turn. Now you select someone who is going to imitate someone else. He will come up with the same tics and habits as the one he is imitating but introduces himself with his own name. Now everyone will try to guess who he imitated. The ones who guessed correct earn a point. The one imitating will rejoin the group again and selects a next person to do an impression. This will be repeated until everyone has had a turn. The one with the most correct guesses has the most points and is the winner. The trainer guides the team during the exercise and gives feedback and brings variations. What kind of feedback you can read below this video on Youtube. And please subscribe to our channel to see a new teamexercise each sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to imprive cooperation and communication.