Active Listening Exercise


Flipchart paper, marker


Exercise description

Split the group into pairs. Person A takes five minutes to tell their partner, person B, about something that angered them recently or was difficult for them. Person  B  checks  their  understanding  of  person  A by asking questions and repeating what they have heard. The participants go back to plenary to evaluate the exercise. Following evaluation, wall newspapers are made in plenary on the topic of: What is necessary for active listening?



Suggested questions to evaluate the exercise:

How well were you listened to and understood? How often do you have the feeling that others are listening to you?

How difficult is it for you to hear others out? How can you tell that someone is listening to you? How can you tell that someone is not listening to you and not trying to understand?

Type of exercise:


15-60 min


Possible difficulties:

Related Workshops:

Nonviolent communication

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