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Don’t Speak – Free Energiser

Duration: 20 minutes.

Intended for:

This free energiser is useful for training courses where you want to emphasise the importance of nonverbal communication. This can be particularly useful during the following training courses: Body Language TrainingEmotional IntelligenceCommunicating with Customers and Great Leadership Skills

Training course contents:

A free set of instructions for the energiser, ‘Don’t Speak’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below.


Place participants into pairs and have a brief discussion about the importance of nonverbal communication and how we can read a lot into the body language used.

When you ask them to, each participant should spend two minutes introducing themselves to their partner. However, they will not be able to speak whilst doing so. They can use any prop, drawing, gesture etc., but they cannot speak.

At the end of the two minutes, end the task and then ask the other person in the pair to do the same thing.

Once the second person in the pair has had their two minutes, ask each pair to discuss with their partner what their interpretation of each introduction was i.e. what did they read into the body language?

In review:

1. How accurate was your understanding of your partner’s body language?

2. What methods were used to demonstrate your point?

3. How difficult did you find it not using words?

4. What were the barriers?

5. How could you improve this process?

6. What does this tell us about our day to day communications?


This energiser is useful for improving the communication skills of your participants and helping them focus on the importance of body language and their silent message.

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Don’t Speak – Free Energiser


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