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Magic Trick: Show off Your Telepathic Powers

Magic Trick: Show off Your Telepathic Powers
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 88 Ratings :::: Monday, April 29, 2013

This exercise is ideal for teams with new additions to them. Sometimes it takes a while for teams to get used to their new members and the same is true for the new addition. Joining an already existing team of people can be intimidating. This exercise helps bringing all team members, old and new together by providing them with a shared experience.

Ask the delegates a question related to the content of the course that generates a number of options. Write these suggested options on a flipchart and number them from 1 to N. Next, state that you want to demonstrate your telepathic skills.

Expect disbelief…

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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:::: 74 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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Top 5 Training Myths

Top 5 Training Myths
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Attention and Focus, Learning

Article Rating:::: 748 Ratings :::: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It is easy to come across statements that sound scientific or logical. It is one thing to hear them; another to pass them on as a trainer. Unfortunately, over the years a few statements seem to have been repeated so many times in the training industry that people no longer question where they actually came from. These statements are no longer valid; they are simply accepted because they are heard from so many different sources. In short, people seem to be relying on social proof much more than rational proof.

Here, you will be introduced to a few common statements that are repeatedly shared in the training industry but with further scrutiny don’t live up to their promise.

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Team Building Exercise: You Can’t Touch My Palm

Team Building Exercise: You Can’t Touch My Palm
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Large Group, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 87 Ratings :::: Monday, January 14, 2013

This is a fun activity that requires concentration and focus. It is ideal as a team building exercise or as an icebreaker to make people feel more comfortable with each other.

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Time Management Exercise: Monitor Your Perfectionism

Time Management Exercise: Monitor Your Perfectionism
Exercises, Productivity, Large Group, Goal Setting, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 74 Ratings :::: Monday, February 20, 2012

This is a quick exercise that helps illustrate that we don’t need to be perfect all the time. Aiming for perfection can cost a lot of time and is often counter-productive. Research shows that majority of people who suffer from bad time management are perfectionist and their tendencies to produce everything at an unrealistically high-level of quality lead them to have a substandard quality of life and overall performance.

This exercise can help people understand that sometimes aiming for just a bit lower quality will still get them as far but can help them save a significant amount of time.

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Branding and Marketing Exercise: Logos You See in One Day

Branding and Marketing Exercise: Logos You See in One Day
Exercises, Creativity, Attention and Focus, Marketing, Branding

Article Rating:::: 134 Ratings :::: Monday, January 16, 2012

We are exposed to many brands every day in our environment as well as direct advertisement. It is estimated that an average American sees as much as 16000 brands every single day! What does each brand mean to us? How do we respond to each brand? How should brands be marketed to have the highest impact? How do brands compare?

This is where marketing comes into place. With so many brands competing for attention, we have little time to notice them all. We have learned to filter out a lot form our complex environment so we can focus on what matters to us. Only a select few brands can stand out and become memorable or at the extreme end of the scale, come to define a particular way of life on a global scale.

This engaging exercise is designed to kick start a discussion on branding for delegates who attend a course on branding, marketing or a similar topic. It can be used for:

  • Branding
  • Logo design
  • Brand familiarity
  • Analysis on use of colour, shapes and common patterns in logos
  • Typography
  • Social trends
  • Behavioural patterns

The exercise requires a pre-course activity where delegates have to prepare materials and bring them to the class.

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Three Minutes Pause

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

Article Rating:::: 74 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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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect
Exercises, Body Language, Large Group, Acting, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 90 Ratings :::: Monday, December 12, 2011

Sometimes a little action can lead to a lot of change as the actions are amplified. This exercise helps delegates see this effect in a symbolic exercise on gestures on what is famously known as the “butterfly effect”. It is ideal for courses on team building, communication skills, change management, body language and leadership skills. It also demonstrates the power of non-verbal signals and how we can be strongly sensitive to certain gestures. 

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Attention and Focus Exercise: Touch 9 Cones

Attention and Focus Exercise: Touch 9 Cones
Games, Exercises, Exercises for Kids, Large Group, Attention and Focus, Outdoors

Article Rating:::: 97 Ratings :::: Monday, November 14, 2011

This is a physical exercise ideal for physical training as well as concentration and focus. This exercise touches on many areas with the aim to make an individual more agile and precise while under pressure. In particular, participant will cover the following:

  • Think strategically to plan ahead and determine your moves
  • Execute moves perfectly based on a strategy
  • Move quickly with maximum speed and minimum error
  • Concentrate without making mistakes
  • Compete with others both physically and mentally

You can run this exercise as a competitive game and offer a prize to the winner.

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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:::: 75 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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