The participants take on the roles of the residents of a town which is facing certain problems. They are getting ready for the oncoming mayoral election, which provides an opportunity for improving the local community’s circumstances. In the course of the game, they are given a chance to present themselves as candidates, first to a narrow circle of their own district electorate, thereafter the selected candidates will give a speech to the entire group.
An opportunity to give a self-presentation as well as to watch the other participants’ speeches adds to the game, providing lots of interesting observations and food for thought. The game’s strength is in its extraordinarily multifaceted character. The game debrief may refer to many different aspects of self-presentation and public speaking: the content of the message, the non-verbal communication, the preparations, the structure of the speech, the argumentative skills and the ability to convince the others, or the speaker’s qualities.
“The Election” is a game which makes it possible to generate lots of valuable conclusions and at the same time leaves space for the participants’ creativity and improvisation.
The competencies developed:
- public speaking,
- Development of the skills involved in self-presentation, giving presentations and public speaking.
- Identification of mistakes made when speaking in public and giving presentations.
- Formulation of good practices in the above fields.
Example conclusions of the participants
- During a presentation, it’s important to maintain eye contact and show self-confidence.
- Smiling and interacting with the audience is what people love.
- You need to be well-prepared, speak dynamically and in your speech include something to make yourself remembered.
- The audience can tell whether someone is being authentic. Being well prepared enables you to feel more at ease and be yourself during a speech.
- What is important is dynamics, voice modulation and interaction with the audience.
- It’s not enough to present your ideas, you also need to say how you’re going to implement them.
- You need to know what you’re talking about and make eye contact with the audience.
- It’s important to make a list of the main points of the speech before you start the presentation.
- For me, what turned out important was: making eye contact, being direct with people and smiling.
- It’s not only important what you’re saying, but how you’re saying that, too.
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