This week Amy Botes is feeling PEPPED about corporate role play: “At a workshop I was involved in this week, we concentrated on the use of forum theatre to recreate a difficult situation at work in order to look at the different ways this could have been approached and dealt with. The premise of forum theatre is to use the power of the group to find the best solution through role-play. Using role play can have several benefits: it allows you to enter into the same mind-set you were in, when facing that difficult situation, but gives you the safety of a make believe situation in order to play with various options available and create different outcomes. A form of life rehearsal.
We are all guilty of creating habits that are negative and we can sometimes not realise that a slightly different turn of phrase or the art of listening with one eye open can change a situation drastically. In this scenario, an appraisal that went bad in real life was changed into a positive experience, mainly due to simple suggestions made by the audience but also by addressing the mind-set the delegate had entered the appraisal with. It emerged through hot-seating (a form of quick fire questioning) that on the day of the appraisal the delegate holding the appraisal had had a very difficult journey into work, they had not had much sleep and they were entering into the situation in an irritated state. This then started the appraisal off badly and led to the employee leaving in tears. We can sometimes not realise that emotions from other corners of our life can feed into our professional life and colour it. By tweaking this mind-set, the employee left with constructive criticism and a clear pathway towards improving without feeling personally attacked.”
Do you think your company would benefit from a Corporate role-play workshop, using professional Actors to re-enact difficult situations that could be improved upon? Then do not hesitate to give us a call and PEPPED Productions can fundamentally improve your approach to communication.