How to use the kit?
- Basic training
- Multiple-players game
- The basic game
- How to use the kit in a workshop?
- Why Cards?
- What is the concept behind the body language cards?
- What is The Cortico-Limbic Theory for targeted communication (CLTC)?
Divide your Body Language Cards into small decks of 7-9 cards. Make sure that you have in each deck, cards from different categories (different body part, open/closed movements, time related and mechanical gestures). Start with one deck at a time. Go over the gestures and their suggested interpretations.
Act each of the movements yourself. Try to visualize when you encountered such gesture in your life. Now try to imagine a situation when such a gesture may be relevant in your daily interactions. We recommend that you chose a specific character for this imagination practice, your Boss, your boss, your partner or a co-worker.
Let at least 90 min go by, before you start a new deck of cards. Learn each deck independently; do not rehearse the previous deck before starting the new one.
This game has several versions, we describe first the basic version and the specific adaptations for social game, workshops ect, are provided below.
The basic game:
Choose a theme. The theme can vary between each turn, or remain fixed throughout the game.
Few theme suggestions (be as specific as possible):
- A bad blind date
- A salesman about to close a huge deal
- Your boss offering you a promotion
Put the cards in a deck with their gesture-side up. First player is pulling a card (randomly). He now has a set period of time (usually 60 sec) to come up with a sentence that can fit the gesture in the context of the chosen theme. He then turns the card to the interpretation side. On the top of the card an example sentence is provided. The other players have to vote whether the player was correct (on a scale of 1-5).
The winner is the who gained most points.
How to use the kit in a workshop:
This game can also serve as a good “ice breaker”.
Stage 1 (acquisition): according to the size of the group, each participant receives a number of cards sufficient to cover all cards (you can also do multiple rounds with each round re-distributing the cards or select the most relevant gestures for your purpose).
Each participant presents its card by acting the illustrated gesture. In some cases group leaders tend to choose the relevant context of the workshop as the framework for presentation).
Different versions of the basic game can be adapted to your needs by choosing the subject, the aims and the size of groups.
1The information in this field is organized mostly in books, which is amazing, taking into consideration the fact that it’s a visual mode of communication and the crucial thing is to have the visual memory of the movement in mind when one encounters the relevant gesture.
2Cards send a signal to our brain that it’s a game and not another bulk of information that we have to learn. People like to play, and thus the information is more effectively consolidated.
3By flash cards much of the information is integrated in additional brain areas, those involved in habits acquisition.
4It’s also a very easy way to practice and repeat the information which is more complicated with other means.