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Listening Exercise: So, What You Mean Is…

Listening Exercise: So, What You Mean Is…
Conflict Management, Exercises, Communication Skills, Acting, Personal Impact, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 11 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This exercise helps delegates to understand the importance of acknowledging the view of a person they are having a conversation with irrespective of whether they agree with it or not. The exercise helps to create a vivid example which can then be discussed and explored further.

The main aims are:

  • Develop rapport through having a friendly conversation as opposed to being antagonistic with opposing views
  • Improve listening skills
  • Learn to listen and show that you are listening
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Debate Exercise: Express Your Views and Persuade People

Debate Exercise: Express Your Views and Persuade People
Public Speaking, Exercises, Assertiveness, Personal Impact, Listening Skills, Persuasion Skills

Article Rating:::: 429 Ratings :::: Monday, October 27, 2014

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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Motivational Exercise: Turning a Bad Experience to a Good One

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

Article Rating:::: 39 Ratings :::: Monday, December 2, 2013

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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Active Listening Exercise: As Mark Just Said

Active Listening Exercise: As Mark Just Said
Exercises, Communication Skills, Attention and Focus, Listening Skills, Memory

Article Rating:::: 47 Ratings :::: Monday, July 22, 2013

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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Active Listening Exercise: Listen Carefully and Contribute

Active Listening Exercise: Listen Carefully and Contribute
Exercises, Team Building, Attention and Focus, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 25 Ratings :::: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Active listening is a critical communication skill and it is important to know how to do it. This exercise has been designed in such a way that encourages delegates to pay their utmost attention while engaged in a conversation. The exercise forces delegates to stay focused throughout the activity and be ready to contribute when necessary.

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Active Listening Exercise: Follow the Conversation

Active Listening Exercise: Follow the Conversation
Exercises, Communication Skills, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 13 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

While communicating with others, it is important to use active listening skills. Listening attentively can significantly improve relationships and minimise misunderstandings. The best way to learn active listening is by practicing it while communicating with others in a realistic setting. This exercise helps delegates practice active listening in various contexts depending on your choice and training needs.

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Giving Feedback Exercise: Power of Positive Feedback

Giving Feedback Exercise: Power of Positive Feedback
Exercises, Coaching, Giving Feedback, Appraisal, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 207 Ratings :::: Monday, November 5, 2012

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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Body Language Exercise: How to Slow Down Your Fast Talking Habit

Body Language Exercise: How to Slow Down Your Fast Talking Habit
Public Speaking, Exercises, Communication Skills, Body Language, Acting, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 50 Ratings :::: Monday, August 20, 2012

Some people are fast talkers. They like to talk with the same speed as they think. In the process fast talking people end up mumbling a lot, shortening sentences, rounding off parts and skipping words. Their diction is poor and therefore they are difficult to understand. The problem is that fast talkers usually have a lot to say, which is why they are in a hurry to express themselves and more often than not what they want to share is actually useful. However, if no one understands what they have to say or if they mix it up with all sorts of irrelevant data or going off- tangent too often, then listeners get bored quickly or misunderstand them.

This exercise helps such individuals to practice slowing down their rate of speech and improve their diction. The exercise also helps to practice listening skills as delegates have to pay full attention to what has been said.

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Communication Skills Exercise: Observe, Explain, Do

Communication Skills Exercise: Observe, Explain, Do
Exercises, Team Building, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills, Memory

Article Rating:::: 90 Ratings :::: Monday, November 7, 2011

This activity helps delegates to improve their teamwork and communication and interpersonal skills while going through a specific task. The task is fairly simple. To succeed at their task, the team must be able to self-organise, communicate well, and work together to resolve issues. Optionally, if you have a large group, you can divide them to several teams where they can go through the exercise in parallel and at the end compare their performance.

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Can You Make it with Dominos?

Can You Make it with Dominos?
Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 65 Ratings :::: Friday, April 3, 2009

This exercise helps delegates to understand the importance of feedback in communications and realize why the lack of it can be so frustrating for both sides. By working together towards a common goal, delegates will learn to be patient, pay attention to details and of course use feedback.

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