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Energiser: Wake Them Up

Energiser: Wake Them Up
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Exercises for Kids, Presentation Skills, Large Group, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 43 Ratings :::: Monday, July 4, 2016

It is just after lunch and you are about to teach a new theory to your delegates. Ideally you should not cover this after lunch but you have had no choice. You notice that delegates are falling sleep. Energy is low, concentration is gone and people are getting bored. What do you do? You need to energise them. Other than opening up the windows or calling for a break you can also use the energiser described here to awake the mind and the body. This exercise is particularly useful for younger delegates. For more senior delegates, you will need to make a judgment to see if this is a suitable activity.

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Teamwork Exercise: Broadcast News

Teamwork Exercise: Broadcast News
Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Presentation Skills, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 174 Ratings :::: Monday, July 20, 2015

This is an entertaining and educational activity designed to test a group of people on their creativity as well as teamwork. The task involves producing a video. However, the video production is only an excuse to see how a team goes about a common task where several distinct roles are involved. There is a strict deadline, limited resources and a sense of competition with other teams.

The activity can be used to explore many subjects on interpersonal skills such as leadership, resource management, conflict management, coordination, teamwork, reaching deadlines, accepting limited resources and a focused approach to producing results. It is also ideal for courses on public speaking and presentation skills.

 

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Public Speaking Exercises

Public Speaking Exercises
Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 98 Ratings :::: Monday, February 2, 2015

This is a series of exercises to practice public speaking and presentation skills. The key to mastering the art is practicing. The exercises here provide a template that you can adapt in various training courses. Consider using these exercises in courses such as:

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Public Speaking Exercise: Impromptu Story Telling

Public Speaking Exercise: Impromptu Story Telling
Public Speaking, Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 116 Ratings :::: Monday, April 22, 2013

This exercise allows delegates to practice speaking in public or in front of a group without the pressure associated with public speaking. The pace of the exercise is very fast and hence delegates do not have enough time to get scared or nervous about speaking in public. Instead, the exercise encourages them to focus entirely on the task which is an impromptu presentation based on a random number of concepts.

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Body Language Exercise: Observe People in Everyday Situations

Body Language Exercise: Observe People in Everyday Situations
Exercises, Communication Skills, Body Language, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 66 Ratings :::: Monday, January 7, 2013

Use this body language exercise at the beginning of a session before covering non-verbal communication. The aim is to find out how much delegates already know about this topic and effectively prepare them for what is followed. They can also learn from each other in the process. This activity will also help you understand which areas to focus on most as you go through the body language training.

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Brainstorming Exercise: Display Your Ideas

Brainstorming Exercise: Display Your Ideas
Exercises, Problem Solving, Presentation Skills, Large Group, Brainstorming, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 19 Ratings :::: Monday, November 26, 2012

In this brainstorming exercise delegates learn to come up with ideas separately and then together as a large group. The brainstorming technique helps those who are more comfortable in smaller groups to contribute while still taking advantage of large group creativity and brainstorming.

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If Your Training is Not Working, You are Not Doing This One Thing

If Your Training is Not Working, You are Not Doing This One Thing
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills

Article Rating:::: 100 Ratings :::: Monday, September 3, 2012
In a Customer Service Skills course:

The trainer starts by explaining the principles of customer service. He gets excited and is carried away by explaining more. Delegates meanwhile are quietly listening, feeling like they are being lectured. Fifteen minutes later, the trainer seems to be still enjoying sharing his wisdom with the class. He is unstoppable. He is now excitedly explaining various techniques. Delegates have no choice but to simply listen, there is no interaction between the delegates and the trainer. Most delegates look bored and are not really absorbing the information. Many of them are looking around now, paying attention to what’s in the room, the decoration, other people’s cloth, etc. Gradually they all drift. Meanwhile the trainer is happy that this part is delivered so he can move on to the next bit…

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Public Speaking Exercise: How to Appear Confident by Adjusting Your Body Language

Public Speaking Exercise: How to Appear Confident by Adjusting Your Body Language
Public Speaking, Exercises, Body Language, Presentation Skills, Interview Skills

Article Rating:::: 55 Ratings :::: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Many people find public speaking daunting. They get butterflies in stomach, feel nervous and sometimes simply refuse to give a public presentation when they can get away with it. It doesn’t have to be this way and a great way to overcome the lack of confidence is to adopt the behaviour artificially. 

Research shows that when you adopt a particular facial expression, such as smiling, you start to feel happy. In other words, the physical imitation of a smile can make you feel happy. The same applies to non-verbal gestures. If you stand straight, you are more likely to feel strong than if you slouch. If you are looking ahead while walking, you appear to me more energetic and determined than if you look at the ground. Using a similar approach, this exercise aims to boost people's confidence so they can present confidently to public.

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Three Minutes Pause

Three Minutes Pause
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 49 Ratings :::: Monday, December 26, 2011

To reduce learner passivity and increase interaction and reflection, a technique known as the “Three Minutes Pause” is very useful. The idea is that after covering a topic or a complex concept, you pause and let the participants ponder over what has been discussed in a systematic way. This allows participants to clarify areas they may not have understood well and prepares them for the next part. The interaction and expression of ideas also helps memorisation of the content.

This technique is particularly useful for lectures since they are usually very passive and encourage non-participation. The Three Minutes Pause allows you to bring interactivity into a lecture without much time cost while significantly helping the audience to understand and memorise the content. It also allows you to monitor participants and receive feedback about areas that you may need to expand on more.

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Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course

Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Learning

Article Rating:::: 78 Ratings :::: Monday, November 21, 2011

Some mistakes are small and irrelevant while some have bigger but yet manageable consequences. There are however some mistakes that can bring your entire training career down. These are often mistakes that you are not aware off, carrying them out habitually. Some trainers realise such mistakes after years of suboptimum training while others don’t understand what is preventing their training courses to be successful.

The first step in combating mistakes is to know what they are. Your awareness of them combined with taking alternative actions will help you avoid damage. The following are 5 mistakes every trainer needs to avoid when providing a training course.

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