- To understand the importance and value of active listening
- To identify how to practice active listening
- To build connection among club members
Give each student three minutes to write down where they would like to take a vacation. Ask them to record multiple descriptors of their vacation destination and multiple reasons why they chose their vacation destination.
Assign students to pairs. Have one student be assigned listener and the other talker.
The talker will describe what their chosen destination and reasons for choosing their destination without mentioning the actual destination. The talker has 2 minutes to talk.
The listener must practice active listening skills – listening attentively to what is being said and what is not quite being said and demonstrating their listening to the talker by their behavior.
The leader may choose to display the 10 Skills for Active Listening chart listed below for guidance.
After 2 mins, the leader should call “time”.
The listener then summarizes the three or four main issues or criteria that they have heard the talker express and make a tentative guess of the destination the talker chose.
The talker then takes approximately two minutes to tell the listener if he or she guessed the destination correctly as well as provide feedback on how well the listener demonstrated active listening behavior skills.
Swap roles and repeat.
- Who correctly guessed someone else’s travel destination?
- Whose partner demonstrated quality active listening skills? How did they do it?
- Was it difficult or easy to actively listen for 2 minutes?
- How did it feel when someone was actively listening to you?
- How could active listening apply to more serious conversations?
- As a listener, did you find that your thoughts wandered to guessing potential vacation destinations of the speaker and that you stopped listening and being in the moment of the speaker? If so, how did that affect your final guess?