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Creative Writing Exercise: The Teacher Learns

Creative Writing Exercise: The Teacher Learns
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Creativity, Giving Feedback, Storytelling, Learning, Creative Writing

In this creative writing exercise, delegates get to write a short piece about an interaction between a teacher and a student where the teacher learns something from the student. This is of course contrary to the role of a teacher but it is actually more common than one might think. It requires thinking beyond the direct lesson to see what a teacher can learn while teaching a student.


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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Creativity, Acting, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

Use this exercise to get the delegates design a story based on a single image. The choice of these images can greatly influence the exercise, so use this much like a template to craft a training exercise based on your specific needs.


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Learning Exercise: Recall Training

Learning Exercise: Recall Training
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Train the Trainer, Learning

This is a handy end-of-the-course exercise that helps reinforce learning by reminding the delegates of what they have learned during the course. A summary is produced during this exercise which can also be used as a reference for delegates.


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Team Building Exercise: What Makes a Team Succeed or Fail

Team Building Exercise: What Makes a Team Succeed or Fail
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Goal Setting

This exercise helps delegates examine their teamwork and what makes it succeed or fail. It is powerful because rather than telling a team how they should behave you can ask them to evaluate their own success. Since they come up with the qualities themselves, they are more likely to be aware of these qualities and remember them in the future, which in turn will increase the chances of success for their teams.

You can run this exercise for delegates from the same team or those who have different teams.


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Creative Writing Exercise: An Intriguing Phone Conversation

Creative Writing Exercise: An Intriguing Phone Conversation
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Exercises, Communication Skills, Creativity, Acting, Telephone Skills, Creative Writing

This is powerful exercise in creative writing where delegates get to write a phone conversation based on certain limiting criteria. The structured approach to writing helps to make the task more creative and also showcases the power of creative narrative which can make communication more effective and concise.


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Self-Esteem Exercise: Turn Negative to Positive

Self-Esteem Exercise: Turn Negative to Positive
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Coaching, Motivation, Self-esteem

This is a simple yet powerful exercise that helps delegates discover something positive in every experience. The structure of the exercise is actually quite simple yet the power resides in asking a simple question that leads to positive thinking as opposed to asking questions that lead to self-blame and reduction of self-esteem.


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Teamwork Exercise: Tell a Story about Your Past

Teamwork Exercise: Tell a Story about Your Past
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building

This exercise provides a structure which allows delegates to share their views, experiences and values regarding teamwork and leadership with others. This exercise works for both newly formed teams and more established ones. You can also run the exercise for delegates from different backgrounds as well as it helps to share experiences across industries and can be quite inspiring.


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Team Building Exercise: Capture the Dragon

Team Building Exercise: Capture the Dragon
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Problem Solving, Attention and Focus

This is a fun outdoor activity ideal for team building. It is also useful for young children as it is cooperative and competitive. It’s the kind of team leading exercise that leads to a memorable experience.


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Communication Exercise: First Person but Few “I”s

Communication Exercise: First Person but Few “I”s
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Creativity, Personal Impact, Attention and Focus, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Imagine a person who talks about himself all the time. The conversation is full of “I”, “me”, “my” and they constantly talk about what happens in their lives. Such people don’t tend to last long as friends. Usually, the people we most like are those who are caring and selfless rather than those who are self-centred. To such people nothing seems to be as important or interesting as themselves.

Unfortunately, we all might suffer from a degree of self-centred view from time to time and would need to keep an eye on it. This exercise helps delegates see what it means to shift focus to others even when you want to talk about your own views. It is a clever and subtle way to shift attention to others without overtly forcing them to change.

This exercise also helps delegates see how important it is to let events speak for themselves. It focuses the mind to cover facts more than subjective emotions and let a listener decide for himself on what to interpret. The exercise is ideal for creative writing as it provides a structured approach to storytelling.


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Design Exercise: Design a Political Cartoon

Design Exercise: Design a Political Cartoon
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Creativity, Attention and Focus, Art, Storytelling, Design

This is a creative design exercise, allowing participants to work together as a team in achieving an objective. As part of this exercise, delegates will get to choose a number of political cartoons and have an attempt at designing one. The design is just a pretext to get people talk to each other and share what they like or dislike. The cartoons provide an opportunity to laugh about serious stuff so the exercise is light hearted but can have significant value as people can easily end up discussing values, current affairs, ethical and political issues and of course politics.

Note that the emphasis of this exercise is in the descriptive design of a cartoon as opposed to the actual drawing or art. Most people are not skilled in drawing and forcing them to draw in this exercise might make them feel uncomfortable. This is why the drawing part is ignored (though of course you can optionally add it if it suits your training needs). However, there is no reason why people cannot come up with an idea for a political cartoon which this exercise captures.


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