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Storytelling Exercise: Suddenly…

Storytelling Exercise: Suddenly…
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 95 Ratings :::: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This is a simple storytelling exercises that forces the delegates to think of a new direction for a story every time they want to contribute to it.

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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:::: 174 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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Motivation Exercise: What Word Describes You the Most?

Motivation Exercise: What Word Describes You the Most?
Exercises, Team Building, Motivation, Goal Setting, Personal Impact, Self-esteem

Article Rating:::: 58 Ratings :::: Monday, December 10, 2012

In this exercise, delegates are forced to choose one word that described them best. The process they go through to find this one word helps them to better understand their own likes and dislikes as they want to be seen by outsiders. The exercise is ideal for courses on motivation, goal setting, self-esteem and personal impact where knowing who one wants to be is critical.

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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Grand Story Based on a Series of Objects

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Grand Story Based on a Series of Objects
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Branding

Article Rating:::: 67 Ratings :::: Monday, November 19, 2012

Use this exercise on storytelling to encourage creative and spontaneous thinking. This exercise is ideal for courses such as presentation skills and public speaking as well as any course that can benefit from storytelling skills such as improving personal impact.

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Icebreaker: Choose A or B

Icebreaker: Choose A or B
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 72 Ratings :::: Monday, November 12, 2012

Use this icebreaker to encourage delegates to share information with each other about their likes and dislikes. The format of the activity give this exercise a structure so no time is lost wondering what to say or what not to include. You can carefully design the structure by choosing the right questions to bias the activity towards a direction of your choice.

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Body Language Exercise: Guess the Initial Mood

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

Article Rating:::: 165 Ratings :::: Monday, July 9, 2012

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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Icebreaker: What is My Nickname

Icebreaker: What is My Nickname
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 203 Ratings :::: Monday, May 7, 2012

This icebreaker is ideal for the beginning of the course to get the delegates become more comfortable with each other. It can also be used for newly formed teams as an effective team bonding activity.

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Icebreaker: Ask Three Questions

Icebreaker: Ask Three Questions
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 81 Ratings :::: Monday, April 23, 2012

This icebreaker helps delegates get to know each other better while allowing them more control over what they want to find out about others.

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Training Video: Inspirational Quotes

Training Video: Inspirational Quotes
Training Articles, Coaching, Motivation, Personal Impact, Self-esteem

Article Rating:::: 202 Ratings :::: Monday, April 2, 2012

We have created the following motivational video containing many inspiring and famous quotes that we like very much and like to share with you.

You can also use the video as a training resource during your courses when you need to make people pause and think about the meaning of life, their goals and what they want to achieve.

Give us feedback and let us know what you think.

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Reading Body Language: Sitting Positions

Reading Body Language: Sitting Positions
Training Articles, Body Language, Personal Impact, Meeting Skills, Persuasion Skills

Article Rating:::: 186 Ratings :::: Monday, February 6, 2012

Humans are predictable. Magicians have taken advantage of this predictability for generations. Knowing how to read people helps you significantly in your negotiations, persuasions and overall communications. This ability to predict human behaviour is often related to our evolutionary past. As we have evolved to survive in our environment, we have acquired a lot of “hardwiring” in our brain which now simply dictate our behaviour. We are all too familiar with some of the common behaviours such as seeking water when thirsty or wanting to leave the meeting room when we can no longer hold it.

However, some of these hardwiring and their consequences are more subtle and a careful observation can give the observer a significant advantage in predicting the eventual behaviour. It's all about reading non-verbal signals, where people  are looking, their body orientation, their posture, their eyes, their legs and other gestures. 

In this article, a particularly useful body language technique is presented that helps you read people and understand what people are likely to do before they do it and to use this knowledge to your advantage. This also helps you to improve your communication skills as you don't have to rely primarily on what people say and can read other non-verbal signals to understand them.

 

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