What is the objective of the exercise?
The aim of the exercise is to show the participants that it is important to listen and ask questions in order to collect more information. The more information is available, the easier it is to understand the other person and his/her problem.
What is the method to be used?
Prepare pens/pencils and sheets of papaer on which the participants are able to write who they are today, for ex.: any animal, nature phenomenon, a character, etc. The proposed choices can be prepared by a trainer, or the participants pull them out during the trainings.
One participant plans a word and puts it down on a sheet of paper or he can pull out a sheet of paper with a word prepared by the trainer. Other participants ask questions. It is possible to answer „yes“ or „no“ to the questions. Asking questions it will be possible to clarify who this person is (what it is written on a sheet of paper). Having guesssed the name of a chosen participant, other participant thinks who he wants to be and the rest participants have to guesss.
The task is discussed:
- how did it go?
- what was easy?
- what was difficult?
- why it is important to ask questions?
- why it is important to find out more information?
What are the materials needed?
Sheets of paper or small sheets of paper, pens/pencils or sheets with words prepared by the trainers beforehand.
Tips for the trainers/additional information
Trainers choose if it is better to prepare words beforehand, or the participants themselves should do it. It is possible to discuss more questions during the discussion; not just those which have been proposed.