This energiser is useful to highlight the dangers of ‘Chinese whispers’ within an organisation or as a wider discussion on communication.
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Split the participants into two groups and ask each group to form a line next to the other. Both lines should face the same direction as if they are two lines queuing for something.
The person at the front of each line should have a flipchart placed in front of them and be handed a pen. The trainer should then go to the two people at the back of the lines from each team.
The trainer will show the two people a picture or word on a piece of paper (being careful not to let anyone else see it).
Once the person at the back of each line has seen the picture or word, they must draw the picture or word on the back of the person in front of them with their finger. This person must then pass it down the line until it eventually gets to the person at the front with the pen, who draws it on the flipchart.
The ‘winner’ is the team that gets the picture drawn first. However, the other element to note is whether the picture or word is anything like the original.
Review the energiser by holding a discussion about communication in general or highlighting a specific communication point that you want to make i.e. dangers of gossiping, giving clear instructions, delegating effectively etc.
This energiser is useful for holding a discussion about communication in general or highlighting a specific communication point that you want to make i.e. dangers of gossiping, giving clear instructions, delegating effectively etc.
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