The workshop leader leads players through the Russian party game “Mafia” created in the USSR by Dimitry Davidoff in 1986, modeling a battle between an informed minority (the mafia) and an uninformed majority (the townspeople). Players are secretly assigned roles: mafia, who know each other, a doctor, a cop and also townspeople, who know only the number of mafia amongst them. In the game's night phase the mafia covertly 'murder' a townsperson. During the day phase, all of the surviving players debate the identities of the mafia and vote to eliminate a suspect. Play continues until all of the mafia has been eliminated, or until the mafia outnumbers the townspeople. As the game is played, players will discover their non-verbal communication skills, teamwork skills and also their observation skills.
Improving Your Communication Skills (by Killing the Russian Mafia)Facilitator: Nicole Ferdinand, B.A (Hons), M.Sc, FHEA
Today’s Session Reflection The game A bit on communication Brief intro
Communication is … • A series of experiences, including:
A skillfulcommunicator …• Has the ability to competently use language and express information• Can supply and extract information• Is able to persuade• Makes him/herself understood• Gets people to take action and change behaviours
Effectivecommunication uses … Verbal Messages - the words we choose Paraverbal Messages - how we say the words Nonverbal Messages - our body language
Communication stylesdiffer among …• Men and women• Youth and the elderly• Different cultures
Studies have found… • Overall teenagers report preferring instant messaging • On the average, and text messaging women talk to face-to-face communication about twice as much as men
Communication Styles Context Space Information Time Flow Adapted from: Hall and Hall, 1990
The Game• The Russian party game “Mafia” created in the USSR by Dimitry Davidoff in 1986• A battle between an informed minority (the mafia) and an uninformed majority (the townspeople)
Rules• At the beginning of the • During the night time game the narrator will phase of the game hand out playing cards identities will be• You must keep your revealed but must be card a secret from kept secret other players • Eyes must be kept closed• Cards will assign during the night players identities as • During the day eyes will mafia, KGB, surgeon be opened and mafia will and comrades plot to kill and comrades will try to guess who the• The game will have a mafia are night and day time
Reflection• What were the barriers to communication?• What differences in communication styles have you noticed?• Who is better at using non-verbal communication? • Men or women? • Older or younger people? • Western or Eastern cultures?
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