Trapped Underground Exercise
A terrific active listening training activity
• Evaluates and develops listening ability
• Improves interpersonal communication
• Sharpens decision making skills
• Improves teamwork
The exercise focuses on a group of tourists who together with their
guide are trapped in Cherokee Caverns when an earthquake knocks out the
caverns’ electrical system. The group’s guide was seriously injured in
the tremor and is now unconscious.
But the group has a flashlight and can communicate with rescue workers on the surface via the guide’s walkie talkie. Participants take the role of a team of rescue workers who must pinpoint exactly where the trapped tourists are within the caverns’ miles of marked passages and chambers by listening effectively to the transmitted description of the tourists surroundings. The rescuers must then decide in which of several possible sections of the caverns the tourists are located. Requires approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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