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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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Google Ngram: Ever Wondered When a Given Word Became Popular?

Google Ngram: Ever Wondered When a Given Word Became Popular?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Report Writing, Marketing, Storytelling, Branding, Creative Writing

Modern tools can provide a great insight on how certain terms have been used in the past. With the advent of search engines and in particular the ever more useful tools released by Google we can examine the index of millions of books and observe the popularity of certain terms in literature.

This exercise is meant to be an exploratory activity where delegates sit behind computers and use the tool to test out the use of various terms. The tool is known as Google Books Ngram Viewer which is the result of indexing thousands of books.

Initially, you will give delegates specific terms to research and later you can let them use the tool freely to see what insights they can come up with.

This exercise is useful for courses on marketing, branding, writing, languages and art.


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Story Design Exercise: The Alternative

Story Design Exercise: The Alternative
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Creativity, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

In this exercise delegates practice designing a story. Story design can be quite challenging so this exercise helps to break it up to a simpler task by giving delegates a helpful starting point. You can use this exercise in conjunction with other story telling exercises to train delegates on various skills required to make a story from scratch.

This exercise may lead to spoiling a number of movies for some delegates who might not have seen the movies yet. Since this exercise works best if everyone has seen a given movie under consideration, and to avoid the spoiling issue, you can consider using a rule that any chosen movie must have been seen by everyone.


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Team Building Exercise: More of, Less of and the Same

Team Building Exercise: More of, Less of and the Same
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Goal Setting, Giving Feedback

You can use this teambuilding exercise to help delegates discover the strengths and weaknesses of their team. The exercise encourages individual thinking without pressure while at the same time helps the team to work together to address potential issues. The exercise focuses on both positive and negative aspects of the team so it is well-balanced. It also allows the team to see if any particular area is considered problematic by many team members which then indicates the scale of the issue. This in turn can lead the team to address the issue with high priority.


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Team Building Exercise: Pass the Tyre

Team Building Exercise: Pass the Tyre
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Energizer, Problem Solving, Large Group, Persuasion Skills, Sport, Learning

This is a great teambuilding exercise that helps to cover several areas on leadership, teamwork and problem solving. You can run it like a competitive game for a large group. Allow the delegates go through the exercise several times to see if they can become better at the task. In the process they can learn how to work as a team towards a common objective.

The task is also fun to perform so it can be used as an energiser or even as a fun exercise to run during seminars and conferences. It provides a shared experience and an opportunity for people to have a laugh while also being able to address subjects related to teams and task completion.


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Icebreaker: Who is That

Icebreaker: Who is That
:: Article Rating :: Games, Exercises, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Diversity, Personal Impact

Use this icebreaker to help delegates get to know each other better. You can also use the training exercises as a test to see who knows most about others. It is fairly easy to run. You can customise the exercise by changing the questions provided in the “About Me Form”. For example, you can increase the number of work-related or project-related questions to bias the exercise towards a specific direction.

If you run this exercise for people who don’t know each other at all, it would work like a test on stereotyping and first impressions. In other words, the person who identifies most people’s qualities correctly, when he has never met them before, must have a sharp eye in paying attention to detail and a good judgment in placing people in society with respect to their interests. This can be a fascinating training topic to explore at the end of the exercise.


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Train the Trainer Exercise: Review Learning

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

Use this exercise to help the delegates review what they have learned in the course. The aim is to make the review process entertaining and memorable. It is also designed to be competitive so that the delegates work a bit harder to review the content. Ideally, you should go through this exercise at the end of the course.


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