Dynamic Learning Community : Horse Whisperer's Ranch Challenges MBAs' Nonverbal Communication Skills
By Liz Warren-Pederson
Goldman had heard about similar sessions that Hamilton hosted for medical students, focused on nonverbal communication in a clinical setting. “I had been trying to find a way to emphasize nonverbal behavior in negotiations to our students,” Goldman said. “There are, simply, no good readings or videos on the issue. It’s not enough to tell people nonverbal behavior is important; it is something that they must see for themselves.”
The students arrived at the ranch prepared to interact directly with the horses. After Hamilton provided some background information, the students gathered around the corral and Hamilton solicited volunteers.
“I volunteered to go into the ring first,” said second-year MBA student Allison Duffy. “Since I had no previous experience with horses, I didn't know what to expect. My time in the ring, about five minutes, was spent convincing the horse that I was in charge, with body language as my only tool.”