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Form a Line Based on Your Birthday

Form a Line Based on Your Birthday
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Icebreakers, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Decision Making, Large Group


In this exercise delegates get to form a line based on the order of their birthdays without talking. It provides an opportunity for nonverbal communication, self-organisation, nominating a leader if necessary and quick decision making.


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Self-Esteem Exercise: Poor Generalisations

Self-Esteem Exercise: Poor Generalisations
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Motivation, Self-esteem


People tend to focus on negative aspects of their personality harshly. Many exaggerate their negative traits or personal observations beyond what they really are which affects their self-esteem and self-worth negatively. This exercise helps people to look at the positive side and avoid negative and destructive generalisations.


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Creativity Exercise: Make a Monster

Creativity Exercise: Make a Monster
:: Article Rating :: Games, Exercises, Team Building, Creativity, Exercises for Kids, Resource Management, Art, Design


This is a template for a creativity exercise centred on making monsters. It can be used for kids and adults depending on how you bias it and setup the exercise.

You can consider assigning the task to groups for an exercise on teamwork, teambuilding and management or run it individually for focus on creativity.

Ideally, you should run this exercise as a competition between participants to keep it fun and focused.


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Aggressive, Submissive and Assertive Responses

Aggressive, Submissive and Assertive Responses
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness


This is an activity on being assertive. A great way to learn how to be assertive is to know how it contrasts with being aggressive or submissive. This activity helps delegates to analyse a given situation and analyse various responses delivered and see how their feelings are affected as a result of each response.

Before going through this activity, you should have talked about assertiveness in detail along with giving examples so that delegates know what is expected of them here.


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Marketing Exercise: Cross Sell Your Products

Marketing Exercise: Cross Sell Your Products
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Creativity, Sales Skills, Marketing, Persuasion Skills


This exercise helps delegates to brainstorm how to cross sell products. It focuses on a random set of products so it is rather creative to see what marketing strategies delegates can come up with. The key point to make in this exercise is that any two products can be related to each other and this can be used as material for marketing and cross selling.


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Positive Appreciation, Affirmation and Praise

Positive Appreciation, Affirmation and Praise
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Motivation, Self-esteem


In this activity, a group of people get to acknowledge each other’s actions and appreciate the impact of such actions on their own lives. People tend to avoid praising despite the fact that it is incredibly motivating. In addition, people also tend to shrug off praise as a way of being humble or they may feel they need to be polite rather than boasting about their actions. Both of these lead to a missed opportunity on boosting a person’s self-esteem. This activity provides an opportunity to do this systematically and in a safe environment.

It is ideal for a team of people who have been working together, know each other well and have gone through shared experiences so they can comment on each other’s actions.


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Teamwork Exercise: Broadcast News

Teamwork Exercise: Broadcast News
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Presentation Skills, Storytelling, Creative Writing


This is an entertaining and educational activity designed to test a group of people on their creativity as well as teamwork. The task involves producing a video. However, the video production is only an excuse to see how a team goes about a common task where several distinct roles are involved. There is a strict deadline, limited resources and a sense of competition with other teams.

The activity can be used to explore many subjects on interpersonal skills such as leadership, resource management, conflict management, coordination, teamwork, reaching deadlines, accepting limited resources and a focused approach to producing results. It is also ideal for courses on public speaking and presentation skills.

 


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Weekly Slogans

Weekly Slogans
:: Article Rating :: Training Articles, Motivation, Goal Setting, Attention and Focus


In Chapter 14 of Focused Determination, a motivational technique is presented which we call “Weekly Slogans”. These are inspiring quotes or “Slogans” that you choose for personal motivation. As described in the book, you need a collection of them so that you can use a different one each week. A list is provided in the book (in Appendix B) which is included below.

As indicated in the book, this page is where you can submit your favourite weekly slogans so that other readers can get inspired by them while preparing and extending their own personal lists.


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Praise Yourself: What Is Good about You?

Praise Yourself: What Is Good about You?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Motivation, Personal Impact, Self-esteem


In many social environments, boasting about ourselves is usually frowned on. It is often impolite to keep going on about our own achievements and show off our skills, processions and knowledge. This leads to a certain amount of conformity where we never get to praise ourselves. We are encouraged to praise others (rightly so) and everyone loves to be praised. However, we never get to acknowledge our own achievements internally. In fact, most often we are so focused on learning or owning the next thing that we forget we have come a long way already.

This lack of self-praise can lead people to devalue themselves and not see their own accomplishments as significant or worthy of sharing with others. This can in turn lead to reduced self-esteem and life-worth. Hence, it is useful to have an opportunity to self-praise in front of others.

In this elegant but powerful activity, delegates get to praise themselves in a controlled environment so there is no room to appear rude or impolite. They get to acknowledge their own accomplishments and feel good about themselves by sharing this with others. It is this sharing aspect that makes this activity so powerful by encouraging people to talk about themselves positively while having someone to listen to. It simply reminds people that they have done well, focusing their attention on the most positive aspects of their lives.


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Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block

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


This is a technical activity 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 activity in handling stage fright.


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