Empathy is the fundamental ingredient without which real communication can’t happen.
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You’re standing face to face. Your eyes are locked. You begin to tilt your head. Your partner follows. No, you’re not going in for a kiss. You’re playing an improv game called “The Mirror Exercise,” an acting game designed to teach people empathy—how to be in sync with others. It’s also a great way to improve your speaking skills, whether you’re talking one-on-one or speaking to a group. I first started using this improv exercise when I was teaching public speaking to high schoolers over 15 years ago. I remember watching my students, who couldn’t have been more different from each other, laughing and working together when they played this game. There was Sarah, who was painfully shy, at first, and Joe, the tough-guy loner, looking each other in the eye, working hard to mimic one another’s movements. Suddenly, those high school barriers evaporated; they were one. Now, I use the mirror … [continue reading...] about This Improv Game Could Make You an A+ Communicator