Entrepreneurs must often tell the story about how they “got into what they are doing” and about themselves. They are often interviewed by various media outlets, prospective donors, collaborators, business partners, board members and other stakeholders. What information is shared is done so at the will of the person sharing. Though this information is interpreted by the other, this interpretation is based on the information that is shared.
In this game, students learn the importance of sharing information in a thoughtful and willful fashion and how that information, in turn, might be interpreted by others.
How to play:
Have students divide themselves into pairs, identifying themselves as A’s and B’s.
Ask each to tell the group about themselves. As is typically the case in a college environment, they will tell their names, where they are from and their majors.
Following the first go-around, ask them to dig deeper and tell more about themselves and do so focusing on unique aspects about themselves or the milestones of their lives. Encourage them to share with the other something unique about themselves, what talents they have or some dramatic situation they have found themselves in. (Give them 30 minutes total–15 for A and 15 for B to share their stories).
In round two:
A tells B their information (15 minutes).
B tells A their information. (15 minutes).
Then B will introduce A to the group
and A will introduce B.
A gets the chance to hear how B hears and interprets their story and vice versa. This is a lesson in public relations and self-branding.
Encourage students to be bold in their sharing and to share more than the typical responses of where one is from, their name and major.
Point out that both A and B have shared what information they have chosen to share, as is always the case in situations like interviews. Point out that in such situations, they choose how the public might view them (or interpret their story), based on the information they choose to share.
One time we played this, we discovered that a student had flown a F-16 fighter jet and two other students had each sung in the Vatican (on different trips).
If you would like to use these games in your own classroom, please do! If you do, let me know how how it goes and if you have suggestions for modifying a game.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have A Classmate Tell Your Story by James David Hart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.