Looking for a fun improv-based listening activity for your team or students?
Try “Last Word Spoken.”
It should take around 10 minutes.
Here’s how it works.
- Split the group into pairs.
- The two people in the pairs have a conversation.
- Each person has to start their sentence with the last word spoken by their scene partner.
The exercise often forces participants to slow down and truly listen to what their partner is saying.
This exercise teaches us to listen to what our conversation partner says, the entire time they’re talking. Otherwise, we assume we know where the other person is going with their thought, and we start to think about what we will say in response while they are talking.
This exercise gives us the freedom to be in the moment, and be truly collaborative when we’re conversing with our coworkers.
Now, how did it go? Email me at Nathan@GreenLightImprov.com.