An Experiential Journey into Meaningful Communication
This is a communication workshop with a difference. This workshop is not about communication styles or how to communicate. This workshop is focused on the communication obligations of an individual in order to be an effective team player. It highlights the occasions and situations that warrant good communication.
Communication takes up a major part of any person’s workday. The art of good communication encompasses a whole host of interaction points like sharing of information, asking for help or offering help, coaching or providing on-the-job training to team members, working with different departments/divisions on a common project, interacting with clients, negotiating with business partners/collaborators and so on.
But ‘meaningful communication’ cannot be taught through a lecture. It is an experiential process of self-learning in which people individually evolve. The team communication workshop kit has tried and tested professional methods to help you steer your team in the right direction. Each activity is specifically designed to bring about a consciousness on effective communication requirements in different work situations. All three games are enjoyable but challenging and insightful as well.
The broad steps to self-discovery:
- Let Go My Ego
The path begins with Let Go My Ego, which clearly illustrates that communication is a two-way street. It is essential for each individual to consciously respect the views of other team members and remain open and receptive to other viewpoints. A failure to establish open lines of communication can lead to unresolved disputes and often spiraling conflict.
- Team Shackles
Let Go My Ego is followed by Team Shackles where there are lessons to be learnt in information sharing and in seeking or receiving help from co-workers. This is an important aspect of communication where people-to-people exchanges lead to better performance of the organization. Team Shackles has the potential to greatly enhance partnership and sharing of critical information.
- Win Win Win
This leads to the final exercise Win Win Win which deals with the benefits of collaboration between teams as well as within a team. Lack of collaboration creates unhealthy competition for limited resources. The participants will experience the consequences on the overall performance of the group if they don’t communicate their goals to other teams.
This team communication workshop kit will require roughly 4 hours, but you can opt to run the games over three separate occasions, such as monthly meetings. Each activity takes roughly 15 -20 minutes to run, but plan for 30 minutes of debriefing time per activity plus some additional discussion time after the activity.