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Motivational Exercise: Turning a Bad Experience to a Good One

Motivational Exercise: Turning a Bad Experience to a Good One
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Motivation, Body Language, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills

Use this exercise to motivate people and help them to view an experience differently. This exercise is fairly simple to execute and yet quite effective. The essence of the exercise is to show that even the most negative experiences can be quite educational and useful in the long run and that if one does not see the benefits, others might be able to see it and bring it to their attention. This exercise is also useful to practice improving emotional intelligence and empathising with others.


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Giving Feedback Exercise: Power of Positive Feedback

Giving Feedback Exercise: Power of Positive Feedback
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Communication Skills, Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback, Appraisal, Listening Skills

Positive feedback can have a dramatic effect. In this exercise, delegates will learn to appreciate the power of positive feedback, however small, when it is provided repeatedly during the course of a conversation. The aim of the exercise is to be thought provoking so you can then continue with a session on giving appropriate positive feedback. As a result it is ideal to go through this exercise at the beginning of a session on giving feedback.

The core idea in this exercise is that one person has a particular goal in mind and uses that goal to direct the conversation to a particular topic. The conversation is directed to a new topic using positive feedback.  


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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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Body Language Exercise: Guess the Initial Mood

Body Language Exercise: Guess the Initial Mood
:: Article Rating :: Roleplays, Exercises, Body Language, Acting, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence

This exercise helps illustrate an important point on body language. As soon as we see a person, we read their body language quickly to establish their mood and we can be fairly good at this. The problem is that the mood of the interaction is then set from that point onwards and this can be contagious. This emotional contagion can then work against us as we may react with the same negative emotions even when there is no cause for it. The exercise helps people see this non-verbal phenomenon and increases their awareness. For example, this can help people at workplace to control their body language when interacting with colleagues and also helps them not to get affected by other people’s moods and emotions, thereby improving their relationships.


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Giving Feedback Exercise: Improve Your Self-Awareness

Giving Feedback Exercise: Improve Your Self-Awareness
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Communication Skills, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback

This is a simple exercise that anyone can use to measure his self-awareness. Simply think about answering a series of questions and through that become more aware of how you feel and how others feel about you.


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Team Building Exercise: Helium Stick

Team Building Exercise: Helium Stick
:: Article Rating :: Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Large Group, Goal Setting, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills, Outdoors

 

This simple yet powerful team building game helps the delegates to understand several concepts all at once; communication skills, cooperation, patience and how to manage small contributions to achieve an effective results with the correct balance.

This exercise is particularly suitable for team building courses and is remembered well by delegates well after the course due to the nature of the training activity and its simplicity.

 


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Emotional Intelligence Exercise: Increase Your Self-Awareness

Emotional Intelligence Exercise: Increase Your Self-Awareness
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Motivation, Goal Setting, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence, Appraisal

Knowing how we feel is part of our self-awareness. The more we are aware of our feelings, the better we can control our behaviours and understand those of others. This exercise helps delegates to become more aware of their emotions and learn to describe them. It also encourages them to think of ways to get to a target emotion, such as happiness.


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Emotional Intelligence Exercise: How to Control Crowd Contagion

Emotional Intelligence Exercise: How to Control Crowd Contagion
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Decision Making, Acting, Emotional Intelligence, Brainstorming

The purpose of this exercise is to help delegates understand the concept of crowd contagion. This is particularly applicable to business meetings where emotional comments can easily lead to a suboptimal meeting. Crowd contagion captures the idea that emotions are contagious and if not controlled come to dominate a group meeting. If one person becomes angry, others are likely to become angry soon as the emotion is passed from one person to the next.


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Leadership Skills Exercise: How Controlling Are You?

Leadership Skills Exercise: How Controlling Are You?
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence, Appraisal

Some leaders seem to be too controlling. They want to exert their power and position on others to get them do what they want. On the other hand, some leaders seem to understand others and are much friendlier and open to new ideas. They seem to be much more logical and are viewed much more positively than those who are too controlling.

Research shows that those who are too controlling of others and their environment are usually insecure. Their insecurity is expressed by forcing others to comply and they see this as the only way to bring balance to their world.

This exercise helps delegates to become more aware of this concept and learn how to ask questions from themselves on how they treat others.


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Team Building Exercise: If You Knew...

Team Building Exercise: If You Knew...
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Emotional Intelligence

This simple exercise allows team members to share important information about their life with each other. The aim is to gain a better understanding of why people behave in a certain way and to help putting team members' actions into perspective.


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