Erica Marx

Status mingle

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Start with eye contact instructions (2 groups) & mingle
switch roles & mingle
choose and change status
Explore external vs. internal

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Goal

understand how body language communicates connection, relationships
give access to adjust internal status
confidence for networking, public speaking

Materials

    Instructions

    Introduce status: This status exercise is not money, class, etc. This is about how we carry our bodies through the world

    2 groups -- each on one side of the room

    1 - avoid eye contact

    "Look, Look away, Look, Look away"
    Look, then look away,
    Then look again to check to see if they are still there
    Look away second time, quickly (darting) 

    10 - hold eye contact for an uncomfortably long period of time

    Ask group for a hobby. ie. "Knitting" -- Choose a hobby everyone knows about.
    Great! This is the monthly get-together of the knitting clu
    b. It's an exciting meeting because you've just started the fundraising drive (or whatever).

    1 & 10 Mingle: With 1's and 10's as assigned

    10 & 1 Mingle: Switch roles and mingle again

    Derief: What did you notice?
    All the other body postures, motions, etc come out just from the eyes
    SLIDE-- show scale, discuss extremes. 

    Choice Mingle with Status Slide - Pick a number you want to explore (2 min) ring bell, the you can slide to adjust to others (mirror). At second bell note what status number you ended on.
    Mingle
    Line up silently based on internal status number you chose at the start
    Line up silently based on the ending number 

    lesson - you can adjust your dial

    "Status is not about WHO is in the room.It's about who YOU are in the room."

    For speaking: Match the room to minimize status gap, create connection.
    EYES MATTER (lead to eye contact games)


    Variation 

    External status:
    Deal 1 card: Cards of forehead (others see, participant does not see)
    Mingle
    Line up silently based on external status
    How did you know you were a 2?
    You are always being told what others think of your status. Social cues. To some extent can not change. However... 

    External + Internal 

    Deal 2 cards: 1 Card on forehead (unknown to participant) + Inner status (known only to participant)
    Mingle
    Line up silently based on external status
    Line up silently based on internal status

    What combinations were in the group? How did you reconcile the status gaps? How did you know other's internal status? 

    Think about your internal number going into a situation. Do you want to adjust it? What can you do to dial your number up or down?

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