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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image
Exercises, Acting, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 45 Ratings :::: Monday, July 14, 2014

Use this exercise to get the delegates design a story based on a single image. The choice of these images can greatly influence the exercise, so use this much like a template to craft a training exercise based on your specific needs.

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Creative Writing Exercise: An Intriguing Phone Conversation

Creative Writing Exercise: An Intriguing Phone Conversation
Exercises, Communication Skills, Acting, Telephone Skills, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 54 Ratings :::: Monday, June 23, 2014

This is powerful exercise in creative writing where delegates get to write a phone conversation based on certain limiting criteria. The structured approach to writing helps to make the task more creative and also showcases the power of creative narrative which can make communication more effective and concise.

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Communication Exercise: First Person but Few “I”s

Communication Exercise: First Person but Few “I”s
Exercises, Personal Impact, Attention and Focus, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 28 Ratings :::: Monday, May 26, 2014

Imagine a person who talks about himself all the time. The conversation is full of “I”, “me”, “my” and they constantly talk about what happens in their lives. Such people don’t tend to last long as friends. Usually, the people we most like are those who are caring and selfless rather than those who are self-centred. To such people nothing seems to be as important or interesting as themselves.

Unfortunately, we all might suffer from a degree of self-centred view from time to time and would need to keep an eye on it. This exercise helps delegates see what it means to shift focus to others even when you want to talk about your own views. It is a clever and subtle way to shift attention to others without overtly forcing them to change.

This exercise also helps delegates see how important it is to let events speak for themselves. It focuses the mind to cover facts more than subjective emotions and let a listener decide for himself on what to interpret. The exercise is ideal for creative writing as it provides a structured approach to storytelling.

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Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures

Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures
Exercises, Communication Skills, Body Language, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 141 Ratings :::: Monday, March 31, 2014

The aim of this exercise is to get the delegates think about body language and gestures and observe how such signals can be instrumental while communicating. The training exercise illustrates the importance of communication without using words and how much a social context or background can help us understand what is going on in a given situation. The exercise also helps unleashing the writing creativity of delegates so it is also ideal as an exercise in storytelling and creative writing.

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Story Telling Exercise: Design a Story and Act It

Story Telling Exercise: Design a Story and Act It
Exercises, Communication Skills, Body Language, Acting, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 110 Ratings :::: Monday, January 27, 2014

This is an entertaining and creative exercise which can serve a variety of purposes. You can use it for subjects such as story making, storytelling, communication skills, acting and creative writing. You can also use it in a course on public speaking to get delegates practice making stories which they can then utilise in a speech.

The activity is designed to engage everyone at all times, so each member of the group is ultimately involved in all tasks while reducing the total length of the exercise. This shared experience helps delegates examine the subject from multiple angles and feel that they have contributed to all the stories developed in this exercise.

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Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation

Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation
Public Speaking, Exercises, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 41 Ratings :::: Monday, August 5, 2013

This is a fun exercise where delegates get to practice creative writing in groups. Some people find writing difficult especially knowing where to start. This exercise is designed to inspire delegates and help them to write creatively by thinking of associations between prewritten passages given to them.

The writing exercise is also helpful for public speaking or impromptu speech. It helps delegates to systematically create content by getting inspired from reading other content.

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Creativity Exercise: Introducing Random Associations

Creativity Exercise: Introducing Random Associations
Exercises, Problem Solving, Brainstorming, Art, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 57 Ratings :::: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This is a template for a problem solving exercise that help generates a variety of solutions. The technique can be used in brainstorming or any creative thinking activity. It aims to bring randomness into the activity to stimulate thinking and inject non-obvious ideas into the process. You can also use random visual content. This can be particularly useful for brainstorming on design and artistic values of a product or service.

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Storytelling Exercise: Suddenly…

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

Article Rating:::: 60 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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Storytelling Exercise: Collective Story Making

Storytelling Exercise: Collective Story Making
Exercises, Brainstorming, Art, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 41 Ratings :::: Monday, July 16, 2012

In this exercise delegates get to practice writing stories by creatively adding their own extensions to a series of stories and collectively develop them. This is an ideal exercise for creative participation or for coming up with bold and unusual dramatic ideas for making stories. It can be used for any kind of creative expression or story telling such as illustrations, comics, films, theatre, animations, etc.

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Creativity Exercise: Caption the Cartoon

Creativity Exercise: Caption the Cartoon
Games, Exercises, Problem Solving, Marketing, Design, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 44 Ratings :::: Monday, July 4, 2011

This fun activity helps delegates to exercise their creativity and use their whole brains (left and right side) to solve the problems presented here. You can also run this exercise as a competition between groups and provide a prize at the end.

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