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Hands and Strings Exercise

Hands and Strings Exercise
Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving

Article Rating:::: 7 Ratings :::: Monday, October 10, 2016

This is a team building exercise where group members need to solve a problem together. Only two people are involved in the actual task and they cannot be replaced. Other team members should provide support or suggest solutions for the two people to follow through. As a result, this exercise provides ample opportunities to see how teams approach a given problem, communicate ideas and solve problems.

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Team Building Exercise: Snakes and Plates

Team Building Exercise: Snakes and Plates
Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Persuasion Skills, Planning

Article Rating:::: 6 Ratings :::: Monday, August 8, 2016

In this team building exercise, delegates work together to complete a task. It requires concentration, planning and fast execution. Here, the decisions made by one team can affect the performance of another so planning has to be as dynamic as the changing environment. This exercise is ideal to train people on quick decision making, leadership, persuasion skills and team work.

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Mobile Phone Team Building Exercises and Icebreakers

Mobile Phone Team Building Exercises and Icebreakers
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids

Article Rating:::: 18 Ratings :::: Monday, June 6, 2016

Generally, mobile phones are not welcome during a training course. They can distract or annoy people if not switched off. However, like any technology there can also be an advantage for having them around. A series of exercises are presented here that involve using mobile phones to conduct icebreakers, get people to know each other better and facilitate team building exercises.

For all the following exercises, it is assumed that delegates have access to their personal mobile phones, access to internet from the mobile and that they can send text and images to each other. To reduce potential data costs, get them use a Wi-Fi network if possible. For each exercise, instructions are provided on when contacts need to be exchanged or what kind of information needs to be shared. Give your own number to all delegates as several of the exercises require delegates to send you images. You may also need to have access to a system where you can receive these images and show them on a projector so everyone can see an enlarged view of them. This makes many of the exercises easier to conduct rather than relying on seeing images on individual small screens. An alternative approach is to print images directly from you mobile but this can be costly.

Having gone through this collection, if you know of other useful exercises involving mobile phones, please share them below in the comments section.

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Three Stage Illustration Exercise to Practice Communication Skills

Three Stage Illustration Exercise to Practice Communication Skills
Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Giving Feedback, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 11 Ratings :::: Monday, May 30, 2016

In this exercise, delegates practice giving precise and useful instructions. It helps with communication skills, especially within teams where people work closely with each other. Delegates also learn the value of feedback and how lack of feedback can slow down the communication process significantly.

This exercise is different from the standard exercises in this area. In a standard exercise, a delegate is supposed to describe a diagram and the other person is supposed to draw it based on the descriptions given. In some variations of this exercise, it is often the case that the describer can see what the illustrator is drawing and provide corrective feedback. In addition, the describer is also usually told not to talk directly what the image is and instead just describe it.

In this exercise, the difference is that the describer cannot see what is being drawn so can only respond to questions asked by the person who is drawing. In addition, there is no restriction on the type of communication made. For example, if the diagram is a square and the describer is supposed to explain it, he can simple say it is a “square” rather than explaining the shapes such as “4 equal lines connecting to each other at right angles” and then continue to expand on this to make sure the illustrator gets it right.

As a trainer, this exercise gives you an opportunity to cover topics such as making assumptions, how to give precise and clear instructions and how to help when a person cannot see what the other person is doing and needs to rely purely on the quality of the communication.

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Sort Your Group into a Line

Sort Your Group into a Line
Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Large Group

Article Rating:::: 4 Ratings :::: Monday, May 16, 2016

This is a team building exercise where delegates need to solve a problem while deprived of a particular sense. The purpose is to see how the group self-organises, communicates, understands what needs to be done to achieve the goal and executes their plan efficiently. This exercise is ideal for large groups.

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Form a Line Based on Your Birthday

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

Article Rating:::: 6 Ratings :::: Monday, January 18, 2016

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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Aggressive, Submissive and Assertive Responses

Aggressive, Submissive and Assertive Responses
Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness

Article Rating:::: 11 Ratings :::: Monday, October 19, 2015

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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Creative Writing Exercise: An Intriguing Phone Conversation

Creative Writing Exercise: An Intriguing Phone Conversation
Exercises, Communication Skills, Acting, Telephone Skills, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 16 Ratings :::: Monday, June 23, 2014

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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Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures

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

Article Rating:::: 89 Ratings :::: Monday, March 31, 2014

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
Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Persuasion Skills, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 48 Ratings :::: Monday, March 3, 2014

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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