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Coaching Word Search

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify some of the key themes participants will be exploring in the forthcoming training around coaching.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To identify some of the key themes participants will be exploring in the forthcoming training around coaching.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop that focuses on coaching skills.

You'll Need:
• A printed copy of the large (A3) Trainer version of the Word Search grid provided, affixed to a flipchart.

Notes:
A small prize for the winning team would be nice, though not essential.

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Course Introduction - A Basic Introduction to Training Events

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 25 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
Nothing, other than the materials provided.

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Feelings Cards - Icebreakers

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To introduce participants to one another.
• To encourage participants to share their perceptions of the organisation they work for.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To introduce participants to one another.
• To encourage participants to share their perceptions of the organisation they work for.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
Nothing, other than the materials provided.

Notes:
You will need to create a set of Feelings Cards for each person.

The Feelings Cards can be used in many different ways and for many different situations. These notes explain three ways of using them in a simple icebreaker. Two slightly more complex training exercises are explained in Course Modules.

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Guess What Animal I Am - An Exercise in Questioning

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the benefit of using open questions when gathering information.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the benefit of using open questions when gathering information.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
Post its and pens.

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Life Story - A Test of Listening Skills

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about each other.
• To test participant's listening and recall skills.
• To briefly explore barriers to listening.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about each other.
• To test participant's listening and recall skills.
• To briefly explore barriers to listening.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

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Personal Item - Sharing Information

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To build rapport among participants.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To build rapport among participants.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

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Questions, Questions - An Exercise in Effective Communication

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to gather information about each other.
• To illustrate the importance and benefit of open questions when gathering information.
• To illustrate the uses of closed questions.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to gather information about each other.
• To illustrate the importance and benefit of open questions when gathering information.
• To illustrate the uses of closed questions.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This exercise will take longer the larger the group.

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The Challenge of Speaking Positively

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore and identify what positive language is.
• To understand why positive language matters.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore and identify what positive language is.
• To understand why positive language matters.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• A selection of bells or buzzers, one for every 2-3 participants.
Desktop Bells and Whistles can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
Before the training, pre-prepare a flipchart with a blank bingo card. The card will need to have enough boxes so there is one for each participant.

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