Communication Games – Drawing #22

Communication Games – Drawing #22

In this exercise the team will form a circle at equal distances from each other. Tell the team to form pairs with someone they don’t know so well yet. Each pair takes two chairs, puts the backs against each other and sits down. Each pair receives a piece of paper and a pen. The duo’s decide who is person A and who is person B. Person B will be the first to make an abstract drawing that shows simple shapes. Person A will try to recreate this drawing based on verbal instructions from person B. Person B starts with describing his drawing: First draw a medium sized triangle in the middle of the paper. Next, draw a circle on the bottom left of the triangle, slightly touching it. Lastly, draw a rectangle that intersects with the top of the triangle. The participants turn around and compare their drawings. After having exchanged feedback about the differences in the drawings and the way they communicated, they switch roles. Person A will now copy the drawing of person B without looking at his piece of paper still only using spoken instructions. The drawing may now also show specific objects or things. For example: a light bulb. To not give the object away, the person describing the drawing may only use figurative instructions. He can describe the image by all kind of figures. But of course he can’t say it’s a light bulb. But for example he can says: Draw a circle in the center of your paper. Under the circle draw a cylinder that looks like a screw. Lastly, draw short stripes around it. Now the two drawings are compared again, and person B will find out what the object really was. It will become clear what went well and were the communication could have been better. After the couples have switched two times new pairs will be formed and they will repeat the exercise in the same manner. The pairs may now choose if they prefer to draw abstract shapes or specific objects. After having done the exercise a couple of more times the team will form a circle again and evaluate what they’ve experienced during the exercise. What style of communicating works most efficiently? And what style didn’t work at all? Is an abstract drawing more difficult to draw compared to a specific drawing? Ask each participant what they think and let them share their experiences. The trainer guides the team and brings variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And please subscribe to our channel to see a new team exercise each sunday on to improve cooperation and communication.

11 thoughts on “Communication Games – Drawing #22”

  • alessandro marinelli says:

    another variation can be inspired by the game Taboo. taking the example of the circle-triangle-square image, the game can be done without saying the words: circle,triangle and square, as well as the example of the light bulb. in this case the word circle and cylinder are forbidden

  • Another variation can be done my making two groups with same number of people in each group performing simultaneously as group A is asked to make drawing on one papr n asked to convey their idea to group B. It saves time

  • Tia Turnbull says:

    I have used this by giving all the pairs the same simple drawing like a simple sailboat and a sun or a simple house with a door and window etc. Then the instruction is you can only give direction, not shapes. For example start at the top of the page and draw a line down to the middle or go east, north, west or south, go in a curve to the right etc….
    This is for them to see how when giving directions we have no idea if the other person is visualizing what we are saying, even if they say " I got it".

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