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Train the Trainer Exercise: Pause and Check Feelings

Train the Trainer Exercise: Pause and Check Feelings
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Train the Trainer, Energizer

This is a simple exercise that helps you understand how your delegates feel as well as making them reflect on their own state of mind.


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Public Speaking Exercises

Public Speaking Exercises
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Purpose

This is a series of exercises to practice public speaking and presentation skills. The key to mastering the art is practicing. The exercises here provide a template that you can adapt in various training courses. Consider using these exercises in courses such as:


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Conflict Resolution Exercise: Discussion Template

Conflict Resolution Exercise: Discussion Template
:: Article Rating :: Conflict Management, Exercises, Team Building, Assertiveness, Decision Making, Anger Management, Brainstorming

This exercise helps delegates to explore the nature of a given topic. It helps generate a discussion around that topic and see how people view it differently. Through these discussions delegates can see if their views are markedly different from those of others and if so what it may suggest when they interact with others. The aim is to provide an insight into one’s own view of a given topic.


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Personal Impact Exercise: Just a Minute

Personal Impact Exercise: Just a Minute
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

This is technical exercise to practice public speaking. It is designed to focus a presenter’s mind on a specific goal when giving a speech so it is delivered without pause. The exercise also helps to avoid mental blocks or the dreadful feeling of suddenly not knowing what to say or how to continue.

The exercise is loosely based on “Just a Minute”, a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy and television panel game.


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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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