Drawing a picture together

From Community Narrations

Aims of the practice and description of participants

A verbal-communication exercise, that shows how important it is to have the ability to communicate and to master the language of the community in which they work.

Resources, Materials needed

Papers and pens.


30 minutes

Step-by-step - what has to be done?

- A volunteer from the group has to define a picture a picture made of different geometric shapes.
- The group is not allowed to ask any questions, change the speed of the „teller “, they just have to draw further what they understand and think that is true.
- Finally, everyone shows the picture they have drawn and they see the original picture. Sometimes there are big differences between the two. The group should reflect on the reasons for these differences.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are addressed?

This exercises give the facilitator the opportunity to remember about his/her communication skills. Each community uses different language. The realisation of things occurs differently. The facilitator should know about his/her community which he/she works very well to be able to reach them and avoid misunderstandings. When working with different communities, it is necessary to know their language codes very well. A trainer should never think that what they say is taken for granted. Everyone in the group may have a different take on something that is clear to him. It is necessary to use communication skills very well in order to reach the community and work with them efficiently.