Category Archives: Demonstration

Do As I Say (DEMO)


Do As I SayTime

5 minutes
Description

This demonstration helps participants understand that what they do as leaders often communicates much more than what they say.

 

Materials

  • None

 

Preparation

  • None

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Everyone stand up.”
  • “Take your right hand, and hold it up like this.”  (Hold up your right hand about the level of your ear so that everyone can see it.)
  • “Now, touch your index finger to your thumb like this.”  (Demonstrate what you’ve asked them to do.  Your right index finger and thumb should be in a pinching gesture.)
  • “Good, hold your fingers like that, and touch your chin.” (Demonstrate the action, but this time, don’t touch your chin with your fingers.  Instead, touch your right cheek as you tell them to touch their chins.  Most of the participants will model what they see you doing even though you’ve told them to do something different.)
  • “Okay, let’s do it again.  Take your right hand, pinch your fingers and touch your chin.”  (Again, touch your cheek as you do this.)
  • “Everyone stop and hold your hand right there.”
  • “What are you touching?”
  • “Are you touching your chin like I asked you to do, or are you touching your cheek like you saw me do?”  (Participants will usually laugh at themselves for making the mistake.)
  • “So what can we learn from this activity?”  (Responses should include that what people see us doing is a more powerful influencer than what they hear us say.  If our actions don’t match our words, they will be more likely to follow our actions.)

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Clockwise-Counterclockwise (DEMO)


Time

5 minutes
Description

This demonstration helps participants see that a different perspective can change the way that they see things.

 

Materials

  • None

 

Preparation

  • None

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Everyone stand up.”
  • “Take your right hand, and point your index finger at the ceiling.”  (Hold up your right hand and point at the ceiling to demonstrate.)
  • “Now, turn your finger in the same direction that the hands on a clock move.”  (Demonstrate what you’ve asked them to do.  Your finger should turn in a circular motion to the right, i.e. clockwise.)
  • “Good, now keep your finger turning, and slowly lower your hand until your finger is below the level of your nose.” (Demonstrate the action.)
  • “What happened?”  (When their hands are below the level of their noses, their fingers should now appear to be moving in a counter-clockwise motion.)
  • “Now, raise your hand up above your head again while you continue to move your finger in the same direction.” (Demonstrate.)
  • “What happened?” (Their fingers should now appear to be turning clockwise again.)
  • “Can anyone explain what is happening?”  (Allow them to try to explain what happened if they can.  If not, point out that their finger is always turning in the same direction.  However, their perspective has changed.  When they are below their fingers and looking up, their fingers look one way, and when they are looking down on their fingers, they look another way.)
  • “So what can we learn from this activity?”  (Responses should include that what people can see the same thing from two different perspectives and have very different experiences of the same event.  They might also note that it’s a good idea to look at things from multiple perspectives before making decisions or judgments.)

 

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