One of the great things about having a Family Game Night is all of the various benefits that come along with it. Today I will be answering the question, “How do you improve your communication skills with board games?”
Increasing Your Vocabulary Skills
Looking back at my life I grew up playing games and this always gave me an advantage when it came to my vocabulary. People where amazed at how well I could converse at young ages and often was thought to be older then I was.
There is a wide variety of word games out there to choose from these days, but some of the classics that I grew up with were: Boggle, Scrabble, & Upwards. All three of these games challenge the mind to create words using random letters. What is great about these games is that you learn by being creative and by observing what others are able to come up with.
If you are looking to improve how you communicate, using word based games will help you lay down a good foundation with your expanded vocabulary. I would recommend picking up a Scrabble Dictionary or two as they really help with game play and learning new words.
Interactions In A Group Setting
The other way that board games help develop your communication skills is by putting you into a group setting. The more time you spend in a group setting communicating with other people, the more experience you will have.
When I was about 8 or 9 I started playing the Role Playing Game Dungeons & Dragons. This game really helped me come out of my shell as I was a very shy kid. Role Playing games of any variety are great games for enhancing your communication abilities. They put you in a position of being a character and having to think how they would act and not yourself. This is a great way for your mind to develop in many ways.
Also, look for board games that involve cooperative play. My family and I recently purchased a game called Castle Panic that uses this mechanic. It quickly became one of our favorite games to play and I particularly enjoyed how it focused the kids to work together with each other. Watching them discuss what strategies to use and why they believed so was nice benefit of cooperative play.
Games are a great way to break down any barriers you have in communicating with others. The game itself offers a distraction to the mind, which helps prevent you from worrying about talking with others. So if your are looking to expand your horizons on the verbal front, grab a game and sit down with your family or friends.
I would love to hear about games that you play that involve good communications. Please share them with us down in the comment section. Also if you have any questions, ask them as well and I will make sure to answer them for you.
Thanks for stopping by!
James W D