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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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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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Team Building Exercise: Aim for the Flag

Team Building Exercise: Aim for the Flag
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Resource Management, Outdoors

This is an entertaining and educational exercise for building teams and getting people to work together towards a common objective. You can explore a whole lot of topics on teamwork, leadership, communication skills and problem solving. Unlike many team building games that are competitive, this exercise is cooperative despite having two different teams assigned with different tasks. As a result, the setup allows people to have a good time while also learning how to work with each other towards a common objective. The exercise can be run just in theory as well, but it is best if it is actually implemented. For that, you would need to access an open area such as a park with a specific layout so it does not require planning and preparation on your side.


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Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures

Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Creativity, Body Language, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Creative Writing

The aim of this exercise is to get the delegates think about body language and gestures and observe how such signals can be instrumental while communicating. The training exercise illustrates the importance of communication without using words and how much a social context or background can help us understand what is going on in a given situation. The exercise also helps unleashing the writing creativity of delegates so it is also ideal as an exercise in storytelling and creative writing.


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Problem Solving Exercise: Define the Sequence of Activities

Problem Solving Exercise: Define the Sequence of Activities
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Persuasion Skills, Planning, Storytelling

This exercise helps groups of people to work together on a common activity to solve a given problem. The exercise allows you to address a number of training areas such as inter-group communication, self-management, leadership, approach to problem solving, mapping visual data to logical data and cooperation.


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Story Telling Exercise: Design a Story and Act It

Story Telling Exercise: Design a Story and Act It
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Creativity, Body Language, Acting, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

This is an entertaining and creative exercise which can serve a variety of purposes. You can use it for subjects such as story making, storytelling, communication skills, acting and creative writing. You can also use it in a course on public speaking to get delegates practice making stories which they can then utilise in a speech.

The activity is designed to engage everyone at all times, so each member of the group is ultimately involved in all tasks while reducing the total length of the exercise. This shared experience helps delegates examine the subject from multiple angles and feel that they have contributed to all the stories developed in this exercise.


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Brainstorming Exercise: Kill Negative Mentality in Meetings

Brainstorming Exercise: Kill Negative Mentality in Meetings
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Meeting Skills, Brainstorming

This exercise helps delegates learn how to avoid negative mentality in meetings. When confronted with a new idea, most people think of problems first. They first consider how the idea doesn’t work and how it would not be suitable rather than seeing how it can help or have potential if extended or combined with other ideas.

This exercise is a simple technique in helping to avoid this negativity. To take advantage of it however, delegates must consider using the technique back at work when attending meetings.


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Team Building Exercise: Don’t Spill the Water

Team Building Exercise: Don’t Spill the Water
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Planning, Brainstorming, Resource Management

This is an exercise similar to the popular team building exercise on handling toxic waste. The major difference here is that participants need to handle a glass of water and don’t spill it while carrying it from one location to another.

The exercise is ideal for teamwork, leadership and resource management. The competitive atmosphere leads to rapid decision making, activity coordination, and novel ways to compromise and get the task done.


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Communication Skills Exercise: Build an Identical Sculpture

Communication Skills Exercise: Build an Identical Sculpture
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Giving Feedback, Attention and Focus, Memory, Art, Learning, Design

This exercise helps delegates to practice communication skills. In particular it focuses on observation skills, how to describe something in simple yet meaningful ways and how to provide feedback. It is an ideal exercise for team building as it helps to improve inter-team communication.


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