OK Sign

Directions

  • This is a quick activity that reinforces the concept that your Actions Speak Louder Than Your Words.
  • Make sure your screen is in presenter mode and ask participants to switch from gallery view to presenter view. They need to be able to clearly see you and in full screen if possible.
  • Instruct the group focus in and pay attention to your screen.
  • Tell everyone to make the OK sign with their hand. (You demonstrate this as well.)
  • Then tell everyone to put that OK sign on their CHIN. (However you will put your OK sign on your CHEEK.  Make sure your OK sign lands on your CHEEK at the exact time you say CHIN.)
  • Most everyone will follow what you do rather than what you say.
  • Smile and say, “Now most people’s chins are down here….” And slide your OK sign from your cheek to your chin. 
  • The participants will erupt in giggles and disbelief.
  • Ask the group, “How many of you followed what I did rather than what I said?”

 

Here’s a sample Facilitator Script you could follow:

“For this next activity you need to be able to see me, so make sure you are in Full Screen mode and focused on my screen.  (Pause until they are ready.)  Is everyone ready?  OK,  I need everyone to make the OK sign with your hand.  (You demonstrate this.)  OK, good job.  Now, I need everyone to put that OK sign on your CHIN.  (However you will put your OK sign on your CHEEK.  Make sure your OK sign lands on your CHEEK at the exact time you say CHIN.)  (Most everyone in the room will follow what you do rather than what you say.)  Smile and say, “Now most people’s chins are down here….”  (And slide your OK sign from your cheek to your chin while you say this.)  (The participants will erupt in giggles and disbelief.)  Ask the group, “How many of you followed what I did rather than what I said?”  (Raise your hand when you ask this question.  Most participants will raise their hand, too.)  “That’s what I thought! 

 

Debrief

  • How many of you followed what I did rather than what I said?
  • Why do you think you did that?
  • Would you agree that it is hard to follow a leader whose actions don’t match their words?
  • How can you relate this to the real world?