Bridging the Communication Divide
Have you ever wondered why it's so easy to work with some people yet so painful to collaborate with others? Well, it has just about everything to do with personality style. It's the main reason some people can establish immediate rapport, and it can be the root cause of conflict too.
Now there's a fun and effective solution that will clear the road to effective communication. Bridging the Communication Divide is a hands-on communication training game explores the impact personality style has on everyday interactions and offers a simple model to improve communication.
How It Works
Bridging the Communication Divide is a 3.5-hour experiential learning experience for two or four teams of four to six participants each. Most materials are reusable; additional participant workbooks and game packs are available for individual purchase.
Teams debrief after their first attempt at building the bridge, recognizing that certain behaviors made the task difficult to complete. Before they are asked to make a second go at building the bridge, they are introduced to the HRDQ Style Model and its four personality styles:
Participants will discover their strengths and trouble spots associated with each style, and discover how they can “flex” their behavior to improve interactions. Now with new skills in their pockets, they attempt the exercise yet again, this time with much greater potential for success. You’ll be amazed at the marked difference in communication between parts one and two of the game.
Uses and Applications
Not your ordinary communication training program, this adventurous role-play game lifts participants out of their everyday, four-walled environment and immerses them in a powerful combination of learning and practice. There isn't a better tool for exploring—or experiencing—personality style and how it shapes the way people interact.
From identifying "Who am I?" and learning the ins and outs of personality to discovering how to flex your style and building an action plan for improvement, Bridging the Communication Divide is full-distance learning. As a trainer, you will witness an amazing transformation happen between parts one and two!
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand the four principle communication styles
- Recognize each style's strengths and trouble spots
- Learn how communication styles are perceived by others
- Discover how to flex one's style to better communicate with others
- Product Type: Game. The Facilitator Guide is designed as a detailed resource binder used by the trainer to deepen participants' understanding of the concepts throughout the simulation.
- Target Audience: Individuals at any level.
- Measures: The principal communication style that participants need to successfully work as a team.
- Dimensions: The four styles of communication:
Time Required: 3.5 hours.
What to Order
Complete Game Kit: Order One Kit for Up 24 Participants & One Trainer
The complete game kit includes a comprehensive facilitator guide, reusable game parts, facilitator support materials, and an initial supply of 24 participant workbooks.
Workbook 5-Pack: Order One Pack For Up to Five Participants
Used in tandem with the role-play game, the workbook supports the classroom learning and serves as a handy post-training resource for participants.
Extra Game Pack: Contains the Components to Create One Additional Bridge
The extra game pack includes reusable parts for an additional bridge.
About the Authors
The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. Combining the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.