@brittanytharphactive 4 months, 1 week ago
Nonverbal communication activities can help you learn to decode body language. These are fun to play during business meetings as an icebreaker; plus, the games can help you learn more about your peers. You can use these activities to lead into discussions on working with others, following directions, asking for help pay for homework and taking orders.
Collect multiple pictures of men and women making various faces. Pass them around your room, and ask your peers to write down what emotion the person is making in the picture. Gather up each person’s responses, and write the emotions down next to the photo on a large board. You can then open up the meeting by asking your co-workers to reflect on what your face says about your mood. This can help you learn why your smirk may be taken for attitude when you mean it as humor.
Charades tops any list of nonverbal communication activities. Ask each person to write down the name of someone at the business meeting on a slip of paper. Put all of the slips into a bowl, and allow each player to take one slip and give nonverbal cues to the group. The other players can then try to guess who the player is trying to represent.
To get strangers at a business meeting feeling more comfortable with each other, you can play a game of introductions. Split people into teams of two, and let them briefly chat with each other about things in life, such as families, schooling and hobbies. Then, ask one player from each team to get up and nonverbally give cues that describe what the other player enjoys. The rest of the group can enjoy guessing the cues and learning more about the player.
Catching chickens is a popular nonverbal activity that can teach you more about asking for help and following cues. Ask three people to leave the meeting and wait in the hallway, and then whisper to one of the three to go back into the room and pretend to catch a chicken in front of the group. Let the second person back into the room after a few minutes, and simply instruct him to help the first person. Then, tell the third person to go in and help out the first two people. After a few more minutes, stop the three people. Ask the second person what he thought the first person was doing. Then ask the third person the same question. If neither of them guesses that the first person was catching a chicken, then ask why no one asked questions once back in the room. This game helps people think about following directions and how asking for help is acceptable if there were no directions prohibiting it.
Nonverbal games work well in your business meeting by getting your group into the spirit of working together. You may realize that reading body language and other nonverbal cues can tell you much about others. Each game helps you learn about working together, following directions and using your resources.