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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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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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