This exercise is about acceptance of others’ ideas. Trainers work with different individuals and groups, to build a supportive relationship is very important. A supportive relationship with a learner is one of the most important elements to encourage creativity. The ideas are valuable and even if you don’t agree with them, in the very first stage we encourage you to accept it rather than decline it. In this case, creative thinking is alive.
Why did I choose this tool?
We chose this creative tool as it helps you to practice to be more supportive and accept other ways of thinking. This is an entertaining exercise to practice.
How does this apply to being a trainer?
The exercise allows for the training of the “ego” of the trainer. This exercise is about letting go of control, listening to another person, accepting the other person’s way of thinking and being more creative at the same time.
SETUP: Find someone to help you to practice together. Sit or stand, facing each other. Begin a conversation, each speaking one sentence at a time. Your partner initiates with any random line of dialogue, but before you can answer, you must repeat the line your partner just said. This continues throughout the exercise.
Time: 15 minutes
PERSON I: This new boss really knows how to dress.
PERSON II: This new boss really knows how to dress. She’s putting my pajama jeans.
How did the process go?
What did you learn from this exercise?
How does this experience develop your trainer competences?