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Communication Training Drills

Now that you have discovered the components of communication and its formula, how do you use this knowledge? How do you put into practice what you have just studied on the Communication Formula? How can you learn to apply the laws of communication so easily and naturally that they almost seem to be a part of you? How, in fact, do you become effective in communication?

In Scientology, there are drills that enable anyone to improve his or her skill of communication. A drill is a method of learning or training where you do something over and over again until you are very familiar with it and can do it well and easily.

In the subject of communication, we have very specific drills that will help you improve your ability to communicate with anyone.

The communication training drills are also called TRs.

By drilling each part of the Communication Formula with the TRs, any person’s ability to master the communication cycle and thus help him better communicate with others can be greatly improved.

By doing these drills, you will learn how to make your communication understood by others and how to truly understand what they say to you. The TRs will help you become “a good listener,” assist you to be able to guide a communication cycle you are having with another person and train you how to recognize and correct failures in the communication cycles of others.

These are all skills of great value in day-to-day life. No matter what work you do or what dealings you have with other people, the ability to communicate with ease and certainty is essential.


The TRs cannot be done alone; you must do them with the help of another person. Find another person to work with you and do the drills together. This can be a friend or someone you know.

When you do the drills, they are done on what is called a turnabout basis. Turnabout means you each take a turn in doing a drill, switching back and forth from one person to the other. Basis means the system or way something is done. For example, when you are doing the first drill with someone, you do the drill as the student (the one who is learning the skills being taught by the drill). The person working with you is called the coach. When you can do the drill well and easily, you switch around and help the other person while he or she does the drill. The action of helping another through the drill is called coaching.

The drills give directions for the roles of student and coach. Remember, when you are practicing the drill, you are called the student and the person helping you get through the drill is called the coach. When you are helping the other person, you become the coach and he is the student.

It makes no difference whether you start out first as the student or the coach because you and the other person take turns in being the coach and the student. By helping each other through the TRs on this alternating basis, you are both able to learn how to fully use the communication cycle.

So before you start doing the TRs, find another person to do the drills with you on this turnabout basis of student and coach.

It is very important that both you and your partner read through and understand all of these drills before beginning to practice them.

Each of the TRs has a number and a name, which are given to simply make it easy to separate them.


Each drill states the position you are to sit in.

The particular communication skill that you are working to get on each TR is stated under its purpose.

Patter means what is said when doing a drill.

When done fully and well, and exactly as written, these drills lead to successful communication—for anyone.

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