Exercise 1: As I Was Saying...
How to Play:
Create flashcards, slides or slips of paper with various “performance choices” on them. Those can include:
Famous people (e.g. Oprah, Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Fictional characters (e.g. Mickey Mouse, Pokemon)
Attitudes and emotions (e.g. embarrassed, joyful, disgusted, proud)
Scenario-based (e.g. you are speaking to a six-year-old; you’re madly in love; you are campaigning for high office; you are a drill sergeant)
Begin to tell your story. Have a friend hold up the next instruction (or do it yourself, but it’s more fun with friends) every 10-15 seconds. Go through 6-10 sets of instructions per round.
Cards, slips of paper, or slides
2-3 minutes per person
Number of Players:
You can play alone. It’s even more fun in pairs and groups
Play in pairs and have partners shout out the next instruction on the fly without pre-planned cards. This works both players spontaneity.
Play taking on aspirational attitudes and characteristics that you identify ahead of time.
Step one: Identify specific performance shifts you want to make: e.g. I want to have more gravitas; I want to speak more slowly; I want to take wilder risks
Create cards (or have others create them) that will push you in that directio
Fullly commit to each performance, ESPECIALLY if you don’t know how to do it.
Don’t worry about the content of what you are talking about; the text is unimportant
Have fun! Remember there is no “wrong” way to do this game