…Read the Instructions.
This very enlightening communication exercise goes along with the communication series for the last week-ish. You will need a piece of paper and a writing implement to begin.
Pick a Team
You and a partner (Mate, teenager, business partner, employee, best friend) need to go to the kitchen. Choose who will give the instructions and who will take them.
Neither of you will be able to talk to the other during this exercise. No cheating. The best results come when the “communicator” writes the instructions and the “listener” with the sense of humor (sarcasm, smart-aleckness, attitude) is the receiver.
On a piece of paper, write the instructions for making a peanut butter sandwich. Not a PB&J. Not a peanut butter and banana. Not peanut butter, onion and baloney. Just peanut butter.
Do not let your partner see the instructions or help you write them. Write the directions the way you want them followed. When you are done, hand the paper to your partner without saying a word. Watch in silence.
Take the instructions and follow them to the letter as they are written. When you are done, present the sandwich to the Giver.
Would you eat that?”
Try the exercise, and tell me what your results were. I am very interested in your responses. Tonight’s 2000 (GMT -5) post will reveal the results.
Seriously, go get a partner and try this!
When you are finished, check out our results!
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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