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Creative Writing Exercise: The Last Straw

Creative Writing Exercise: The Last Straw
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Creativity, Persuasion Skills, Creative Writing

In this creative writing exercise delegates change a given instruction to a funny statement that is deemed more effective. The humour helps to increase the likelihood of the instruction being followed and also make it more memorable. It is a good exercise for writing short instructions/signs to be used in public places.


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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story with Three Images

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story with Three Images
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Exercises, Creativity, Acting, Storytelling

This exercise helps to test the creativity of delegates on their ability to make stories based on a series of images. Each delegate sees a series of images and needs to make an interesting story that will connects them all together.


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Learning Exercise: Rewind the Course

Learning Exercise: Rewind the Course
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Train the Trainer, Learning

This is an effective exercise to help delegates review the topics covered in the course systematically at the end of a course. It is designed to be participatory rather than competitive and the main aim is to simply refresh the delegates’ minds about what has been covered in the course, in particular the earlier content.


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Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…

Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Icebreakers, Creativity, Storytelling, Creative Writing

This exercise helps with creative storytelling and impromptu delivery. It can also be used as an icebreaker to help delegates learn about each other. The choice of objects dictates what kinds of areas would be covered. Choose the object based on the background of delegates as well as their age. You can also use it for an exercise on creative writing or public speaking.


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Debate Exercise: Express Your Views and Persuade People

Debate Exercise: Express Your Views and Persuade People
:: Article Rating :: Conflict Management, Public Speaking, Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Personal Impact, Listening Skills, Persuasion Skills

Being able to have an opinion about important subjects and defend that position is an incredibly important skill in life. Often, we come across such potentially heated debates during the course of a day, but the subjects are mainly to do with practical daily tasks rather than deeper philosophical issues. The solutions to such issues are usually non-obvious where many thinkers have been putting efforts in exploring them and providing insights.

This structured exercise provides an opportunity to practice debating on such topics in a controlled environment where the main focus is on the following:

  • Practice presenting a viewpoint clearly, concisely and accurately
  • Avoid exaggeration that can be used to derail a position by others
  • Not getting emotional when others disagree and instead learning to see it from their point of view
  • Have a conversation about a topic and learn something about it by listening to others

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Storytelling: Impromptu Delivery with Image

Storytelling: Impromptu Delivery with Image
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Public Speaking, Exercises, Creativity, Acting, Personal Impact, Attention and Focus, Self-esteem, Storytelling

This is entertaining exercise on getting delegates to quickly think of a story to tell based on a visual prompt. The options allow you to bias the exercise based on what you want delegates to practice on. They can then get feedback on their story telling.


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Team Building Exercise: Sort the Cards

Team Building Exercise: Sort the Cards
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Problem Solving, Large Group, Attention and Focus

In this team building exercise teams work together on a common problem. The problem is intentionally designed to be simple to understand though when several people are involved it may not be as obvious as on how to go through it. The exercise will highlight weaknesses and strengths. To succeed a team must work cooperatively and with foresight.

This exercise is also ideal to examine how a group of people self-organise, assign a leader or approach a problem solving task under pressure.


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Acting Exercise: Impromptu Delivery

Acting Exercise: Impromptu Delivery
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Public Speaking, Exercises, Body Language, Presentation Skills, Acting, Storytelling

This entertaining exercise helps delegates practice their acting in front of an audience. Each person will be required to deliver a speech about a given topic. You can vary the exercise by expecting a specific style of speech or just leave it completely uncontrolled. It is ideal for training on acting, storytelling and public speaking.


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Marketing Exercise: Learn from Good, Bad and Ugly Advertisements

Marketing Exercise: Learn from Good, Bad and Ugly Advertisements
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Creativity, Marketing, Art, Branding

This exercise helps to develop delegates’ observational skills on advertisement and marketing and also helps them design their own ads. It creates discussions on what works and what does not in designing an advertisement. Delegates can use this knowledge to get inspired and create effective and interesting advertisements for their products.


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Learning Exercise: Anonymous Review

Learning Exercise: Anonymous Review
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Train the Trainer, Learning

This exercise takes advantage of social proof to illustrate the importance of topics learned during the course. It is ideal to run this exercise at the end of a course to review what has been covered. The idea is to see which lessons most delegates found interesting (without influencing each other’s opinions) so they can focus more on them in the future.


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