Using active listening skills, engage in a conversation with another person about Marcellus Shale. If possible, involve a third person to watch the time and provide feedback.
Question for discussion:
What do you think should be done about Marcellus Shale?
- Person A answers question (2 minutes)
- Person B paraphrases Person A’s answer (2 minutes)
- Person B answers question (2 minutes)
- Person A paraphrases Person B’s answer (2 minutes)
- Person C watches time, provides feedback
When paraphrasing, do not share your own opinion. This is not a back-and-forth discussion. This is purely meant to be an exercise in active listening, so put your own thoughts and feelings on hold. Refer to Active Listening Techniques.
Take simple notes while listening to help jog your memory for summarizing/restating. This will help to:
- quiet the voice in your head
- begin to reframe or neutralize emotion
- ensure that you can remember what you want to restate
- How did it go?
- How well were you able to paraphrase the other person’s views?
- How well were you able to ‘turn off your own brain’ to listen?
- 3rd person (if included): What did you see the partners do particularly well? Struggle with?