Give and Take
Last week, we described an exercise where anchor teams practiced
taking focus, but describing an image. Each anchor
waited attentively for
an appropriate opening, and jumped in with his or her description.
This week, we continue that process with the flip side of
the exercise. In fact, giving focus,
which sounds easy, but in fact is even harder than taking
focus. Here are the rules:
1. As in the previous round, the anchors each have an image
they dont reveal
to the other. The image may be a drawing, a photo, an advertising
illustration. It should be bold and strong, making the description
2. On anchor begins to describe his or her image, and signals
to the partner
that the other should take over the performance describing
their own image.
The transition should acknowledge the others description,
but continue by modifying that
description and transforming it into her own description.
3. The partner should not take up their own description unless
the opening in
the others description is clearly suggesting the other
should take up the
description. If it is clear that the opening is given, the
partner is obliged to pick up the
description, transform the description and continue with his
own, until he
can present an opening to the other anchor.
Oddly enough, it is very hard for one anchor to pick up the
accomplish the details of that description, always with an
eye to turning the
description over to his partner. The conflict is that the
anchor wants to complete her own
description, but is always looking for a way to toss
the focus to the
The anchor team should continue playing this game until the
natural and smooth. The awkward way to toss is to simply say
Well, what do
you think Bob? More elegantly, the anchors would begin
to suggest gaps or missing information in their image that
their partner could fill in. What does this all total up to?
Well get to that next week.
In the meantime, keep breathing!