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A wide reaching subject, our attention to detail modules look at listening skills, grammar, making assumptions, risk assessment and more.

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An Eye for Detail

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 10 minutes.

Aims:
• To understand how knowing the details can help us to see the bigger picture.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 10 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To understand how knowing the details can help us to see the bigger picture.

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

You'll Need:
• A small prize for the winner would be a nice addition to this exercise.

Notes:
When you play the PowerPoint it will automatically move to the next slide after a minute.

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Assumptions - The Witches of Glum

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.

Aims:
• To understand the importance of listening skills.
• To illustrate the dangers of making assumptions.
• To provoke discussion about prejudices and stereotypes.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 25 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To understand the importance of listening skills.
• To illustrate the dangers of making assumptions.
• To provoke discussion about prejudices and stereotypes.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of almost any size. It is also possible to use this exercise in conference situations.

You'll Need:
• Pens and paper for every participant.

Notes:
Working in partnership with Trainers' Library members, Voices for Trainers (www.voicesfortrainers.co.uk), we've added a professional recording of the story, which can really add to the experience. The recording can be downloaded and played as an MP3 file on any compatible equipment, including, for example, a laptop or iPod.

However, if you are going to read the story to your group rather than use the recording, we suggest that you rehearse it a few times prior to delivery.

This module has been endorsed by Show Racism the Red Card. For more information about the great work this charity is doing to educate against racism, visit www.srtrc.org.

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Attention to Detail 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 attention to detail.

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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 attention to detail.

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

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop that focuses on attention to detail.

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 Content Bingo

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

Aims:
• To raise energy levels within the group.
• To emphasise some key content.
• To check participants' understanding of the content.

About

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

Aims:
• To raise energy levels within the group.
• To emphasise some key content.
• To check participants' understanding of the content.

Group Size:
This module can be used with very large groups of more than 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
You'll need to have created your own list of key words/concepts linked to the training. We suggest about 30 words and phrases to ensure the game lasts.

You may wish to add some authenticity by writing the words out onto small pieces of paper/card in advance and putting them into a hat, bag or bowl and drawing them out.

You may also want some small prizes for the winners.

Notes:
This is an energetic and fun way to review what has already been covered in the training and is ideal for use after lunch.

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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.

About

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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Filing Frenzy - High Speed Accuracy

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

Aims:
• To provide participants the opportunity to practice their attention to detail and accuracy skills when under ever increasing pressure.

About

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

Aims:
• To provide participants the opportunity to practice their attention to detail and accuracy skills when under ever increasing pressure.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• One set of 180 Filing Frenzy shape cards and instruction cards 1 and 4 for each team (see set up notes).
• A stopwatch or timer.
• A whistle or bell (optional).
• A prize for the winning team (optional).

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Fitting In

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 10 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore how creativity and teamwork makes problem solving easier.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 10 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore how creativity and teamwork makes problem solving easier.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size. However, you will need to put participants into teams if you have over 16 participants.

You'll Need:
• One set of the cards per 16 participants.

Notes:
If you expect to run this exercise on more than one occasion, consider laminating the cards.

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Goldilocks - A Listening Exercise

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

Aims:
• To test listening skills.
• To illustrate the dangers of making assumptions.
• To encourage participants to think about how they can check their understanding of information they receive.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion. (You may wish to take more time for larger groups or where you want to explore some of the learning in more detail.)

Aims:
• To test listening skills.
• To illustrate the dangers of making assumptions.
• To encourage participants to think about how they can check their understanding of information they receive.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size. It is possible to use this exercise in conference situations as well as more usual training interventions like courses and workshops.

You'll Need:
• A pre-prepared flipchart of the statements from the handout (hidden from view until required).

Notes:
You can use the recording of the story if you prefer not to read it. We’d like to thank John Holloway for giving us permission to include it in the library.

If You Like This Training Exercise:
You’ll LOVE ‘The Witches of Glum’ which is also available from Trainers’ Library. ‘The Witches of Glum’ has been endorsed by Show Racism the Red Card for its ability to make participants think about prejudice and stereotypes. To find out more about the great work this charity is doing to educate against racism, visit www.srtrc.org.

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Jigsaw Race - An Introduction to Communication

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

Aims:
• To test participants' communication skills.
• To demonstrate the importance of breaking complex messages down into key points.
• To illustrate the difficulties of communicating using only the voice.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To test participants' communication skills.
• To demonstrate the importance of breaking complex messages down into key points.
• To illustrate the difficulties of communicating using only the voice.

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

You'll Need:
• A blindfold and a small jigsaw puzzle for each pair of participants. (24-30 piece puzzles are ideal.)

These items can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

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Missing Pieces - Working Together

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

Aims:
• To encourage teamwork and co-operation.
• To encourage participants to think about the role of leadership in teams.

About

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

Aims:
• To encourage teamwork and co-operation.
• To encourage participants to think about the role of leadership in teams.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups with between 6 and 25 participants.

You'll Need:

• 3 or 4 small jigsaw puzzles. (These can be purchased from Trainers' Market.)
• Some small envelopes. (1 per participant.)

Notes:
You will need to prepare the jigsaws prior to the training (see Trainer's Notes).

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