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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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Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation

Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Creativity, Report Writing, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

This is a fun exercise where delegates get to practice creative writing in groups. Some people find writing difficult especially knowing where to start. This exercise is designed to inspire delegates and help them to write creatively by thinking of associations between prewritten passages given to them.

The writing exercise is also helpful for public speaking or impromptu speech. It helps delegates to systematically create content by getting inspired from reading other content.


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Comprehension Exercise: Reciprocal Teaching

Comprehension Exercise: Reciprocal Teaching
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Train the Trainer, Negotiation, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Report Writing, Questioning Skills, Attention and Focus

Reciprocal teaching is a technique used by trainers and teachers to facilitate understanding a piece of text. It is designed to promote comprehension by looking at a text from several different angles.

The technique was developed by Palinscar (1986) with an aim to facilitate collaborative investigation. The four comprehension strategies used in this technique are:

  • Summarising
  • Questioning
  • Clarifying
  • Predicting

By alternating between these roles, group members can share their analysis with each other systematically while focusing on many aspects of a piece of information or text.

This technique can also be used as a brainstorming technique to prepare for negotiations, making critical decisions and problem solving.


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Personal Impact Exercise: Make a Perfect Pitch

Personal Impact Exercise: Make a Perfect Pitch
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Report Writing, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Sales Skills

In our competitive world, we need to present ourselves as best as we can to stand out from the crowd. Suppose someone asks you what you do? What would you say? Suppose you have about 30 seconds to say something or to present a pitch? What would your pitch contain? Which areas would you pay attention to most? How long should be your pitch in number of words used?

This exercise is designed to helps delegates to come up with a pitch and refine it several times to make it near perfect.


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Concentration Exercise: Focused Article Reading

Concentration Exercise: Focused Article Reading
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Productivity, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Report Writing, Attention and Focus, Creative Writing

These days we read a lot. As the content consumption has gone up, our attention span seems to be going down. We might pay less attention to what we read, get less of it in and forget it quickly. In other words, in comes from one side, out goes the other side.

Naturally, this is a waste of our valuable time. If you are reading something, you might as well absorb everything it has. Perhaps you want to explain it to others later, so it pays to know the details but also be able to deliver it quickly depending on how much you have. This exercise helps delegates to increase their concentration while reading articles, reports or any written content.


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Concentration Exercise: Focus on a Single Thought

Concentration Exercise: Focus on a Single Thought
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Productivity, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Stress Management, Report Writing, Attention and Focus, Creative Writing

The digital age has made it possible to multi-task. Multi-tasking increases productivity because you can do more in a given time. But can you? With certain activities, such as driving while listening to an audio book, this is highly productive. With some activities, you may easily end up producing sub-standard quality or finish none at all.

Like everything, if used excessively, it can actually reduce productivity. People who multi-task too much may start to suffer from lack of concentration. For example, you may sit behind a computer and decide to write a report. However, lots of unrelated ideas about you latest emails, browsing, conversations or daily activities can pop up in your mind that constantly slow you down.

It pays to practice concentration, so that when necessary you can focus as if nothing else matters and give a task your 100% effort.

It is famously known that if you want to increase your productivity and quality of your life to 100%, give 100% to every little thing you do. In other words, when you write a report, only think about writing it and when you are on holiday, only think of things you can do to have fun and not about work you left behind, or work that you will have to do when you get back.

This activity contains a series of exercises on increasing concentration. Depending on your course and delegates, you can initiate them during the course or provide them as ideas for post course exercises.


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Writing Skills

Writing Skills
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Report Writing, Sales Skills, Marketing, Creative Writing

This series of exercises help the delegates to practice writing by observing and improving a variety of different sources. The list is intended as a starting point so you can get ideas about potential exercises. You can extend this list by thinking of many other ideas.


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Team Building Exercise: The Punch Line

Team Building Exercise: The Punch Line
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Creativity, Exercises for Kids, Decision Making, Report Writing, Goal Setting, Creative Writing

This is a creative and energizing exercise which encourages thinking on the spot and also allows them to compete with each other. Delegate must complete a story based on a number of given punch lines in a competitive environment.


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Don't Say the Forbidden Words

Don't Say the Forbidden Words
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Creativity, Report Writing, Sales Skills, Attention and Focus, Marketing, Creative Writing

This is an exercise in describing objects so that delegates can improve their communication skills. It’s all too easy to use jargon and assume that everyone knows what you mean. However, you may need to downgrade and describe a product, a feature or a concept in simpler terms. This entertaining and competitive exercise helps the delegates to train their vocabulary skills and learn how to communicate effectively.


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Icebreaker: The Story Was …

Icebreaker: The Story Was …
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Public Speaking, Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Report Writing, Acting, Personal Impact, Creative Writing

This exercise helps individuals within each group to get to know each other better, work more creatively with each other and shows the effect of team work in a group.


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