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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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Team Building Exercise: Touch the Tennis Ball Once

Team Building Exercise: Touch the Tennis Ball Once
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Stress Management, Attention and Focus, Outdoors

This is a fantastic exercise in getting a group practice working together, coordinating their activities and learning to work more efficiently. Delegates must review their performance and think of better strategies in problem solving.

As an analogy this exercise can be thought of as a production team tasked to produce a gadget where the efficiency of the team leads to better production rates. The team must think of ways to improve the production rate and workflow. They must think of strategies that can be implemented easily in practice and improved on. The exercise requires teamwork, leadership, communication skills and the ability of each team to get the best from every individual.


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Active Listening Exercise: As Mark Just Said

Active Listening Exercise: As Mark Just Said
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Personal Impact, Attention and Focus, Listening Skills, Memory, Brainstorming

Most people are not good listeners. This is even more pronounced when people get excited about sharing their own views or thoughts and like to express them and share them with others quickly. The problem is that in their excitement they miss what has just been said. Over time this can develop into a bad habit leading to miscommunication and misunderstanding.

This exercise is designed to help delegates practice listening to others and avoid jumping in before they have shown that they have understood what is shared. After a few tries, participants will quickly learn to listen carefully and will significantly improve their communication skills by understanding other people’s positions and avoid repeating what has already been stated.


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Storytelling Exercise for Kids: Puppet Show

Storytelling Exercise for Kids: Puppet Show
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Storytelling

Storytelling and the ability to develop a character is an important part of a child’s development. This exercise helps kids telling a story without worrying about not knowing where to start.

Here, you provide a set of random characters so each person has a doll, a puppet or an action figure in his hands. The story is then primed based on what they have got. It will also make it easier for them to develop the story when they have a physical representation of the character in their hands. Kids also get to practice puppeteering while going through their storytelling which further immerses them in the story and engages more of their senses.


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Personal Impact Exercise: How to Improve Diction

Personal Impact Exercise: How to Improve Diction
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Communication Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Good diction is about the art of speaking clearly so that you are understood to the fullest. Good diction is more about the tone of voice, the distinctiveness of speech and the pronunciation as opposed to choice of words or sentences.

Many problems can contribute to poor diction such as low level of voice, repeating words and phrases, using filler phrases such as “you know what I mean” and strong accents.

However, research shows that one of the most common causes of having poor diction is the use of filling words such as “um”, “uh”, “so” and similar. English speakers are particularly keen users of these filler words and the equivalents in other languages are also used regularly.

This exercise helps delegates practice reducing the frequency of saying “um” and thereby helps them to improve their diction.


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