Effective and Easy-to-implement Communication

Not enough can be said about the importance of communication in any relationship, be it personal or professional. It is the foundation upon which relationships are built, strengthened and solidified. Now, communication is not only about talking; it also encompasses non-verbal communication that includes body language, and the ability to listen, understand, and relate information to others. It is often the lack of these aspects that results in miscommunication, and therefore, misunderstandings. So here are some effective communication exercises for people trying to improve their relationships to make them harmonious and beneficial.

Communication Exercises that Work

All the activities provided below can be utilized by professionals who wish to improve their communication skills and develop profitable relationships, and for kids, teenagers, and adults to learn how to improve their relationships with others, be it friends, family, or within a general social circle. We have only provided ideas here, from which inspiration may be drawn to improve the exercise or add to its details to make it as effective as possible. While these exercises are better performed on a one-to-one basis, it is also acceptable that they be performed in larger groups. The only reason for the former choice is that on a one-to-one level, comprehension of the concept is much simpler. It also helps the administrator of the exercise to understand whether or not both the individuals have grasped the concept by observing noticeable changes in performance. With the basics explained, let’s move on to getting a better idea of the activities and exercises provided below.

Put Yourself in My Shoes

This is an exercise that allows individuals to understand opposing points of view and then learn to respect them. By switching stances, they understand the opposite person’s thought process and opinion, and this provides them an open perspective regarding any situation. For this exercise, pair two individuals and allow them to choose a subject on which one person can speak for and the other can speak against. Let each present her/his case, after which they will change sides and speak on the same subject. This not only helps understand the subject, but makes them open to a point of view other than their own. By putting themselves in another’s shoes, they learn to view certain cases objectively.

You Have got to Listen

As mentioned earlier, communication also encompasses the art of listening and then reiterating that information in a precise manner so as to avoid misunderstandings. With this exercise, not only is this aspect dealt with, people also learn how to give clear instruction without any cues so that others can implement these instructions as aptly as possible. The task is to have one individual stand up and describe an activity or picture, and ask the remaining in the group to recreate the description or perform the activity as per the instruction given by that individual. Only the individual who is instructing is allowed to view the picture or see how the activity is performed. This is a great task that shows how well people comprehend verbal instruction over written instruction, and teaches them how to perform in situations where only verbal instruction is available.