This exercise asks people to paraphrase a previous speaker's comments to ensure they have accurately understood what they said. When a paraphrase is perceived to be inaccurate, the previous speaker explains what has been misunderstood.
To practice active listening
To practice accurate paraphrasing
To teach people to check their understandings are accurate
To demonstrate how easy it is to misinterpret someone's original meaning
To avoid people attributing words and ideas that speakers did not express
How It Works
Before a discussion everyone agrees to the Understanding Check ground rule, which holds that when anyone calls out “check for understanding,” the next to speak summarizes the previous ...
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