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Upside Down Talking Stick

a play activity that explores the power of silence, the importance of silence and the role of leadership in commanding silence.

It makes use of the idea of the “Talking Stick” and turns it on its head. In this format when the talking stick is given to someone it command silence.

Often the “talking stick” is misunderstood.

It focuses on who has the stick as the one who commands attention. But the real spirit of the talking stick is about respectful silence and listening. This exercise focuses back on the power, potential and role of silence in communicate, group dynamics and interact. It is also a focuser on the importance of silence and pausing in improvisation and conversation and performance.

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