Talk Show Travesty
Mock your favorite daytime talk show. Today your guests are students who, throughout their lives, have only used one word. One guest female only say “OK” (flightily) to everything, one large tough guy only says “dude,” and a third burned out guy only says “whoa.” You begin with the girl. Questions are like: What has life been like for you? How do you communicate with your parents? How do you do in school?” She answers these with some undertones to each OK.
Your host mentions that peer pressure sure must be tough in todayÕs school. Would she jump off a bridge if her friends did? She hesitates with a thoughtful face, then perks up dizzily and says OK.
Next you work on the burnout “whoa” guy. Ask him questions about how he feels about things. For example, ÒWhat do you think about your life?Ó ÒHow does your girlfriend feel about this?Ó ÒWhat do you feel when kids pick on you?Ó He answers each with voice tones to match his Òwhoas.Ó
Finally you work on the “dude.” He answers each similar question with an attitude or excitement depending on the question. The interviewer is concerned that these people canÕt really communicate so he goes to the audience with questions.
Kids planted in the audience ask the dude guy what heÕd do if someone stole his bike. He grabs a chair and swings it around while yelling violently “dude!” The kid with the questions shakes his head and says “right on man! I hear you!” The interviewer shrugs his shoulders and says he wants to watch each of he guys ask the girl out on a date. Dude guy turns to her and says real romantically and with the nod of a head to the door “dude.” She looks lovingly at him and sighs “OK.” Dude guy acts all cocky then.
Whoa boy then turns to her and caresses her cheek and says ÒwhoaÓ real intensely. She sighs and reaches for his hand and says “OK.” He smiles and she moves closer to him.
Dude guy comes over to whoa boy and says toughly “Dude!” Whoa boy acts all scared and says “whoa, whoa” defensively. Soon they scuffle and dud guy picks up whoa boy and tosses him out. He leaves yelling “whoa.” Dude turns to OK girl and offers his hand. She takes it and say “OK!” They walk off happily together. Your host wraps up and tells them to tune in tomorrow for more.
Idea from Young Life
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.