CAR TALK

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PURPOSE

To a) get everyone speaking, and b) demonstrate the difference between a conversation and a presentation.

OVERVIEW

Participants sit side by side (car-style) and take turns delivering an impromptu 1-minute speech. They repeat the speech, this time standing (lecture-style), then reflect on the differences between Rounds 1 & 2.

Car Talk

(To start, ask people to sit next to a partner, like they’re sitting in a car. Clarify who is the Driver and the Passenger.)

All right, Passengers, in a moment, you’re going to take 60 seconds to tell your partner about someone with whom you have the best conversations. Ready, here we go.

 

(. . . One minute later.)

 

Now Drivers, same thing: tell your partner about someone with whom you have the best conversations. Only let’s say you’re in a self-driving car, okay? So you don’t have to drive. Ready? Here we go.

 

(. . . One minute later.)

 

Okay, Take 2. So Passengers, same words again, more or less, only this time, (demonstrating) after a sentence or two, you’ll stand, take three or four steps away, then turn and face your partner, continuing to talk the whole time.”


(. . . One minute later, repeat Take 2 for Drivers.

Demo This

1.  We use Car Talk to help people feel the difference between a conversation and a presentation. Now we’re going to take a moment to reflect on that shift.

 

Okay, thinking back to when you were a Speaker, standing in front of your partner: what’s one thing you noticed in your body?

 

(Pause for reflection time.)

 

And one thing you noticed in your mind?

 

(Pause.)

 

All right, go ahead and share those with your partner -- something you noticed in your body, and something in your mind.

 

2.  Okay, now thinking back to when you were a Listener, watching the speaker in front of you. What was something the speaker did -- physically -- that drew you in?

 

(Pause.)

 

And what was something the speaker did vocally that drew you in?

 

(Pause.)


All right, go ahead and share those two things with your partner -- something the speaker did physically, and something vocally, that drew you in.

For Coach Training Only: 

Now for coaches, we have one additional question. And this one you won’t share: Was there something the speaker did -- or didn’t do -- that distracted you?
 

(Pause.)


Obviously, as coaches that’s something we’ll want to be aware of . . .