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How to Increase Commitment After Delivering a Training Course

How to Increase Commitment After Delivering a Training Course
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Motivation, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 34 Ratings :::: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

During a training course several topics are often covered. Each of these topics leads to a number of actions that will help improve delegates’ behaviour or skills in the future.

However, many of these actions might not be carried out. After the course, delegates can easily get carried away by other demands on their time and soon the ideas explored in the course will be forgotten.

In order to help delegates apply the learning from course to their lives you can get them to commit to certain actions and increase the likelihood that they will engage in specific post-course activities to reinforce learning.

This exercise helps delegates identify what might stop them from committing to the tasks and identify solutions for each obstacle. The exploration of these obstacles is fun and the exercise helps to motivate delegates in following up with actions after the course.

Ideally, you should run this exercise at the end of the course just before recap and end-of-course summary.

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Memory Exercise: Recap on Lessons Covered So Far

Memory Exercise: Recap on Lessons Covered So Far
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Attention and Focus, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 26 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This exercise helps to refresh delegates’ memory about what you just taught them. It encourages them to think about the training lessons covered so far and make a few statements about what they have learned. Specifically, it allows delegates to draw up a number of actions to do after the course to get more from the lessons.

Ideally you should run this exercise just before going to a tea or lunch break. It helps to summarise the points covered in the current lesson or all previous lessons (depending on your choice) and also acts as a closing exercise on a particular topic.

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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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Memory Exercise: Andy Says…

Memory Exercise: Andy Says…
Games, Exercises, Exercises for Kids, Large Group, Attention and Focus, Memory

Article Rating:::: 36 Ratings :::: Monday, October 31, 2011

This exercise helps delegates to memorise physical moves and also improve reaction times when a command is heard. The basic concept is very simple and can be easily applied to a variety of exercises, especially sport exercises. This activity is ideal for memorising specific moves or allowing participants to focus and concentrate.

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Carousel and Graffiti Brainstorming

Carousel and Graffiti Brainstorming
Exercises, Creativity, Problem Solving, Memory, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 106 Ratings :::: Monday, October 10, 2011

The following powerful techniques known as Carousel Brainstorming and Graffiti Brainstorming can be used to brainstorm, refresh learners’ minds about a particular topic or to brainstorm on a new concept for new creative ideas. The two types of exercises are structurally the same with only minor execution differences described below.

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Change Management: Concentrate on Change to Survive

Change Management: Concentrate on Change to Survive
Exercises, Team Building, Large Group, Memory, Change Management, Outdoors

Article Rating:::: 21 Ratings :::: Monday, August 1, 2011

This exercise helps delegates to understand the importance of focusing and concentration when they are in a fast changing environment.

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Memory Exercise: Lists versus Images

Memory Exercise: Lists versus Images
Exercises, Large Group, Attention and Focus, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 19 Ratings :::: Monday, April 4, 2011

We all deal with lists almost on a daily basis. However, as we all have discovered, lists can be difficult to memorise and remember. Research shows that we have significant problems remembering a list as the list becomes longer and longer. The problem is mainly to do with the linearity of the list and its inherent lack of detail. When memorising a list we mainly use our left-side brain to make logical connections and improve our chances of recall.

In addition to our left-side brain, we can also employ our right-side brain to significantly increase our ability to memorise and recall successfully. This exercise demonstrates the significance of right-side brain abilities and how to employ it.

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Attention to Detail Exercise: What Was in The Box?

Attention to Detail Exercise: What Was in The Box?
Exercises, Team Building, Body Language, Attention and Focus, Memory

Article Rating:::: 154 Ratings :::: Monday, January 24, 2011

The purpose of this exercise is to help delegates practice memorising and paying attention to detail. Repeated exercise can increase focus and help people to become more aware of their surroundings as it encourages careful looking. It also highlights the importance of using all non-verbal senses, such as touch to increase memory retention and recall. The exercise is also useful for teamwork, communication skills and leadership skills. 

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Leadership Exercise: Follow My Instructions

Leadership Exercise: Follow My Instructions
Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Memory, Delegation Skills, Outdoors

Article Rating:::: 50 Ratings :::: Monday, January 17, 2011

This is a powerful team building activity that brings out the potential qualities of a good leader. It is a fairly physical exercise and you may need to brief the participants beforehand so they can come ready to participate in this exercise (for example, come with comfortable cloth). It is an ideal exercise for team building where you can explore a range of topics on management and how to respond to a manager’s instructions.

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Questioning Skills Exercise: What’s My Name?

Questioning Skills Exercise: What’s My Name?
Games, Exercises, Exercises for Kids, Problem Solving, Questioning Skills, Memory

Article Rating:::: 21 Ratings :::: Monday, December 27, 2010

This is a famous entertaining game were a player must guess the name written on a card by asking closed questions where the answers can be “yes” or “no”. The objective is to find the name as quickly as possible. Many variations can be used to bias the exercise based on your specific training needs. A variation of this exercise can be used to teach the importance of asking open questions as opposed to closed questions to maximise information transfer. See Variations for a guideline on this.

This exercise has become immortally famous by Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

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