Archive for May, 2010

You Were Right About…

Posted in exercises with tags , , , on May 5, 2010 by pastajon

The other day my family was sitting at dinner.  We have a 12 and 14 year old.  Somehow we got talking about a fruit a friend from South America told us about.  This fruit is very delicious but you have to hold your nose to eat it because it smells like the feet of my 12 year old after a volleyball tournament.  Somebody wondered out loud about how that fruit was discovered.  How did someone get past the smell to discover the sweet?

Thus began an unplanned round of what I call “You were right, but you were wrong about…”.  We have never done this before as a family.  But with out prodding everyone freely dived in.

One of us came up with some crazy explanation for how the fruit was discovered.  Then someone offered a different explanation.  Then I started using the phrase “you were right about…, but you were wrong about…” as a segue into my new version of the story.  It turned into 20 minutes of entertaining story telling and stretching our imaginations.  It was fun to see everyone’s wheels start spinning as different story elements triggered their own ideas to share.

This serendipitous exercise proved to be a fun time to spend as a family and a way to learn and practice presentation skills without even being aware of it.

Give it a try some time and discover how much fun storytelling can be.

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