Conversation Games pt. 2 (Obstacles & Techniques)

Team Meeting Agenda
Below are the modules from an older workshop called "Meaning & Performance". In it, I speak generally about the process of getting better at conversation, after learning how to mimic. Each video is about 60-90 minutes. Your goal when watching is to generate ideas for things to try out in your conversation games. You do NOT have to watch all of these videos. Your primary focus should be on having conversation. These videos are mostly here for inspiration. You will get 5 points for each 15 minutes of video you watch. For proof, send a screenshot of the video, along with a brief summary of what you learned, and how you can apply it to your conversation practice.
Meaning & Performance
  • [2:48] Who This Workshop is For
  • [3:55] The Goal of This Workshop
  • [6:30] Workshop Curriculum
  • [9:41] Day 1: Meaning & Performance
  • [10:41] The Meaning of the ”Meaning”.
  • [13:41] Connection Between Experiences
  • [15:25] Human Sensations
  • [17:20] Hearing & Speech
  • [19:16] Sight
  • [22:03] Spanish Telenovela Video (example)
  • [27:49] Students’ Comments on the Video
  • [28:17] Filtering out Meaningful Sensations
  • [29:41] What is Emotion and Why is it important for language learning?
  • [31:51] How to Learn and Express Meaning
  • [33:32] Process of Learning
  • [35:56] What Does it Mean To Be a Mimic?
  • [41:46] How do you Start Learning When You Don’t know Anything?
  • [49:55] Perfectionism vs. Experiencing Words
  • [1:07:30] Comments & Questions
Charisma & Networking
  • [1:55] Who This Workshop is For
  • [2:51] The Goal of This Workshop
  • [4:26] Practical Problems of Conversation
  • [9:35] Where to Find Conversational Partners
  • [12:47] Conversation Practice Networks
  • [18:00] CPN Example
  • [20:18] Student’s Experience
  • [21:40] Ways to Learn Spanish
  • [24:20] Websites for Learning Spanish
  • [28:21] Searching for Meetups
  • [29:51] What Value Can You Provide to Conversational Partners
  • [36:24] What is Charisma
  • [38:39] Basics of Charisma
  • [42:55] Types of Charisma
  • [48:23] Making a Good First Impression
  • [58:35] Active Listening
  • [1:02:24] Question & Answer
Preparation & Resourcefulness
  • [1:28] Introduction to Day 3 Workshop
  • [2:16] The Goal of This Workshop
  • [3:39] Day 1 Review
  • [5:36] Day 2 Review
  • [8:19] Day 3 Topics
  • [9:45] What is a Micro-Script?
  • [11:37] The Positive Feedback Cycle
  • [15:41] Getting Past Small Talk
  • [22:26] Helpful Worksheet for Better Introduction
  • [28:43] Exercise – Sharing Your Values
  • [37:15] How to Build Your Micro-Script
  • [45:30] Increasing Your Resourcefulness
  • [53:04] Expanding Your Domain
  • [1:00:40] Further Examples & Tips
Analysis & Improvement
  • [2:30] The Conventional Approach
  • [6:00] The Origin of Words
  • [10:16] Review of Previous Workshops
  • [13:42] “The Shift”
  • [17:40] Conclusion
  • [19:32] How to Improve Your Speech
  • [21:20] Exercise – Spanish Speaking
  • [27:35] Which Errors You Should Focus on First?
  • [28:43] Common Spanish Errors
  • [33:18] 3 Categories of Being ”Off” in Conversation
  • [36:57] Two Only Questions You Need
  • [47:48] Situational Training
  • [51:11] The Process (continued)
  • [56:10] Conclusion
  • [59:40] Review
Planning & Commitment
  • [01:56] The Goal of this Workshop
  • [02:24] Curriculum & Review of Previous Workshops
  • [15:15] What if something goes wrong during conversation?
  • [21:13] Tips for phone conversations in foreign languages
  • [26:43] Meaningful Language-Learning Milestones
  • [40:57] Tips for Future Planning/Goal Setting
  • [47:24] StickK – Put your money where your mouth is
  • [57:55] Closing statement
During your conversation games, you will encounter numerous obstacles. To move past these obstacles, you will need to find and apply useful techniques. You can generate these techniques from your own experiences. Or you can mimic them from other people's experiences. The fastest way to learn is to do both. For this week's #apply, you will openly share your obstacles, techniques, and experiences applying techniques, using the templates below. Scroll through the channel as it updates, then post your templated messages. At the top of your post, write OBSTACLE, TECHNIQUE, or EXPERIMENT at the top in all caps so we know what it is. Be sure to tag any relevant people in your post, to get a conversation going. You're also encouraged to comment on posts to talk about them more.
OBSTACLE (5 points)

Name Give the obstacle a memorable name Setting Describe the setup Story Describe the sequence of events that occur in this situation, as plainly and succinctly as you can Frustration Describe what you wanted to happen, what you want to happen next time the situation occurs, and why what happened instead was frustrating for you. Ideas Speculate a bit as to why you think this is happening, and what might be a possible direction for solutions.

TECHNIQUE (5 points)

You can post techniques as either text or screencast video. Do NOT post any techniques you haven't tried yourself.

Name Give the technique a memorable name Situation Describe the setup where this technique might be relevant. Sequence Describe how to apply this technique Results Tell a story of your successful application of this technique. Ideas Speculate a bit as to why you think this technique works, and what might be a possible direction for further developing the technique.

EXPERIMENT (10 points)

Obstacle What was the name of the specific problem you were trying to solve? (link to original post) Technique What was the name of the technique you tried out? (link to original post) Story Give us the setup, and tell us what happened Reflection Tell us how you feel about this technique, and whether you plan to use it again, or recommend other people use it. Ideas

Speculate a bit as to why you think this technique works or didn't work, and what might be a possible direction for further developing the technique.

Play a conversation game (20 points)
  1. Plan a conversation and set goals for it
  2. Prepare for conversation (Scripts, Story Stax)
  3. Enter the conversation and take screenshot or photo
  4. Focus primarily on achieving goal(s)
  5. Fill out a Game Report and post to the #apply channel
Game Report Template

Context - Speakers: - Length: - Setting: Goals -x -x -x Performance -Goals achieved: -Goals not achieved: Observations -What happened in conversation - What happened in my head New Skills/Knowledge -New words/expressions -New ways of expressing -New facts Reflections - What went well - What can be improved - What I might focus on moving forward Questions -x -x -x

Full report with screenshot/photo. 20 points for each documented conversation.