Bridging the Communication Divide

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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. But now there's a fun and effective solution that will clear the road to effective communication.
Not your ordinary communication training program, Bridging the Communication Divide is an adventurous role-play game that 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!

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How It Works

More than a year in the making, Bridging the Communication Divide is the latest in a long line of classic games HRDQ has produced, including Tall Ships, Jungle Escape, and the award-winning Mars Surface Rover. The tried and true HRDQ Style Series Model serves as the overarching framework of Bridging the Communication Divide (the same model that is responsible for the development of more than 1 million people).
The adventure starts when participants - a group of Peace Corps volunteers - are dropped into a remote location with a mission to build a bridge. Working in two teams, they must use sound communication with each other and their partner teams to complete the construction. But little do they know their teams are made up of opposing personality styles - and that’s when the real challenge begins.
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: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. Participants learn about the 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.

Trainer certification is not required to facilitate Bridging the Communication Divide. The game is delivered complete with all of the tools you need to prepare for and deliver the 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.

Uses and Applications
Bridging the Communication Divide is an excellent way to introduce, explore, and understand communication styles. Use it as a standalone 3.5-hour activity or a complement to the HRDQ Style Series assessments such as What's My Communication Style?
It's also extremely useful for:
  • Intra- and inter-team development
  • Supervisory skills training
  • Individuals or teams experiencing communication breakdowns
Learning Outcomes

  • 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
The Bridging the Communication Divide Complete Game Kit is packed with all of the tools you need to plan for and deliver a learning experience that achieves immediate results, from a comprehensive facilitator guide and takeaway participant workbooks to reusable game parts, support materials, a professional Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and more.

Product Details

Bridging the Communication Divide includes:
  • A comprehensive facilitator guide
  • 24 participant workbooks
  • Bridge blueprints
  • Team name cards
  • Role-pay cards
  • Visual cue cards
  • Game parts for four teams of players
  • Facilitator support materials on USB flash drive
  • Sturdy tote bag
Target Audience
Individuals at any level
Product Type
Personality Styles:
  • Direct
  • Spirited
  • Considerate
  • Systematic
Time Required
3.5 hours

What to Order

Complete Game Kit: Order one to get started
The complete game kit is packed full with everything you need to train up to four teams of 4-6 players at one time, including a comprehensive facilitator guide, reusable game parts, facilitator support materials, and an initial supply of 24 participant workbooks.
Participant Workbook
Used in tandem with the role-play game, the participant workbook supports the classroom learning and serves as a handy post-training resource. The Complete Game Kit includes an initial supply of 24 workbooks, but they are also available for individual purchase. Order one per participant.

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.