Role Play for One

[This post is one of many inspired by Agile 2015.]

At Agile 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend many great sessions. Of all these my favorite one was Ellen Grove‘s “Games for Learning about Conflict Resolution“.

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In it, she introduced “Role Play for One”.

Instead of Role Playing how to AIRR (Agree on a common goal, state an observation, describe the Impact on you, showing Respect and phrasing a Request), Ellen gave us a 4-panel comic strip to fill out. And it worked perfectly!

Role play - comic strip

This is a great technique for when it’s really more of a monologue, not a dialogue, you’re practicing. And it’s great for introverts, too.

Coming to think of it: I’ve seen and used comic strips in language books and teacher’s handouts. But it wouldn’t have occurred to me for other kinds of training. I like the reinvention! I’ll so use this in my trainings! Thank you, Ellen!

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