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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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Self-esteem Exercise: Accepting your Emotions

Self-esteem Exercise: Accepting your Emotions
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Assertiveness, Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Self-esteem

All of us go through some experiences in life where we feel victimised or wronged. The negative emotions and feelings generated by these experiences can stay with us for a long time afterwards and make us feel overtly emotional, weak, stupid or even unworthy. One way to deal with this emotional baggage is to acknowledge it and take responsibility for it. The idea here is that sharing difficult experiences and the feelings generated by them will allow delegates to acknowledge them to another person and therefore more easily come into terms with them.


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Assertiveness Exercise: Group Communication Roleplay

Assertiveness Exercise: Group Communication Roleplay
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Difficult People

This exercise helps delegates to practice communicating assertively. Assertive communication as opposed to passive or aggressive communication is usually the best way to handle aggressive communication. The focus of this exercise is on learning how to constantly use assertive communication and not necessarily only at the beginning of a conversation.


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No More Soap: Make it Assertive

No More Soap: Make it Assertive
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Conflict Management, Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Difficult People, Acting

Many countries around the world regularly broadcast soap operas on TV; social programs which usually contain a lot of angry and emotional discussions between various extreme characters.

This exercise helps delegates to use the scenarios on such programs and turn them around with assertive communication.


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Formulate Your Sentences Using Effective Assertiveness Skills

Formulate Your Sentences Using Effective Assertiveness Skills
:: Article Rating :: Training Articles, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Difficult People, Personal Impact, Influencing Skills

Being assertive is not just about expressing your rights; it is also about increasing the efficiency of your communication with others. There are a number of ways you can express yourself to achieve this aim. This article suggests a few useful sentence formulations to help you express yourself assertively and increase your confidence in dealing with potentially aggressive people.


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Conflict Management Exercise: Hidden Agenda

:: Article Rating :: Games, Conflict Management, Exercises, Assertiveness, Problem Solving, Goal Setting, Persuasion Skills

This exercise helps delegates to understand the importance of working together and the destructive nature of having hidden agendas which can easily lead to conflicts and confrontations. It addresses many areas such as conflict management, assertiveness and persuasion skills.


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Building Rapport: Pep Talk Made Easy

Building Rapport: Pep Talk Made Easy
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Customer Services, Acting, Personal Impact, Meeting Skills

Some people feel uncomfortable when they are in the presence of a group and confronted with silence. They just don’t know how to fill the gap. Others might want to get straight to the point with no warm-up chat which can appear cold and emotionless. In both cases, it’s great to know how to master the art of small talk and use it when necessary. This is a fun exercise that helps the delegates to become comfortable in making small talks with others.


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Assertiveness Exercise: Share with me

Assertiveness Exercise: Share with me
:: Article Rating :: Games, Exercises, Assertiveness, Persuasion Skills

This fun exercise shows the effect of assertiveness in achieving goals by presenting a combination of passive, aggressive and assertive behaviours in the task.


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Assertiveness Exercise: Chair Hopping

Assertiveness Exercise: Chair Hopping
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Persuasion Skills

This exercise shows the importance of different communication styles. In particular, it shows the effect of assertive request in obtaining a desirable outcome.


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Keep Your Balance on a Tight Sheet!

Keep Your Balance on a Tight Sheet!
:: Article Rating :: Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Problem Solving, Goal Setting, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills
This is a physical activity that you can use as a warm-up or  as a mental challenge. It encourages teamwork and group problem solving where everyone has to cooperate for the solution to work.

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