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Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block

Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling


This is a technical exercise to help avoiding speaker’s block while presenting. The aim is to follow a systematic approach in practicing over and over again until delegates are confident enough that they can deliver a speech without getting stuck. This a great exercise in handling stage fright.


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Making Small Talk Exercise: Ask Me a Question

Making Small Talk Exercise: Ask Me a Question
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Coaching, Motivation, Giving Feedback, Appraisal, Questioning Skills


This exercise can be used for coaching skills or making conversations. The basic principle behind the exercise is simple and the aim is to provide an easy structure to follow. Use this exercise where you need to get delegates to talk to each other about a given topic or a topic of their choice. It is also useful for mentoring or life coaching. You can also use it to get the delegate practice questioning and listening skills.


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Questioning Exercise: Open and Closed Questions

Questioning Exercise: Open and Closed Questions
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Communication Skills, Customer Services, Personal Impact, Giving Feedback, Questioning Skills


This exercise helps delegates understand the difference between open and closed questions. It is a rather simple exercise however if executed well it can lead to a profound insight. Those people who tend to ask closed questions too often would benefit the most as they can see that they would get a lot more information if they focused on asking open questions. Before going through this exercise, you will need to cover what open and closed questions are. Here are some quick examples:

Example of a closed question:

  • “Did you book the flight ticket for me?”

Example of an open question:

  • When is the flight ticket booked for?”

Note that both types are useful; open questions are useful for information gathering while closed questions are good for fact checking. The main point to focus on in this exercise is that open questions lead to more information.


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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


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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