There’s power in knowing you can be really, really loud if you need to be. This exercise offers a chance to practice really going for diaphragm-powered volume in a group. For those who are apprehensive about yelling, practicing yelling as part of a group often feels like a safer place to start.
A location where it’s okay to make a lot of noise. About five minutes with debrief.
Have participants line up in two rows a few yards apart, facing each other in their ready stance. You can assign each team a short, easy-to-yell word (we sometimes use “hot” and “pot”), or else ask someone from each side their favorite color. When each team has a word, let them know that they’ll be yelling this word as loud as they can, from their bellies, on your signal, one team at a time.
Get a light competitive vibe going about which team is louder. Give each team plenty of opportunity to practice.
Thank everyone for giving it a go. Ask if anyone found the exercise easy. Ask if anyone found it difficult. Acknowledge that loud yelling does not come easily to everybody; we all have different experiences with raised voices and what they mean. But we do want everyone to practice doing it, so that we know we have it as a tool if we need it. And we’ll have lots more opportunity to practice, as we yell with every strike!