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The ability to plan effectively for the future is crucial for any business if they want a competitive advantage. Strategic thinking helps participants understand the need for long term planning, setting goals and priorities, and identify potential risks and opportunities.

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Art Gallery - Creating a Visual Representation (Strategic Thinking)

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

Aims:
• To explore the topic of Strategic Thinking.
• To give participants the opportunity to consider what the subject means to them and the other participants currently.

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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 explore the topic of Strategic Thinking.
• To give participants the opportunity to consider what the subject means to them and the other participants currently.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• Flipchart paper, colourful pens and coloured stickers or shapes.
A selection of Mr Sketch Scented Flipchart Markers can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
As a variation, you can ask your participants to create a collage, instead of a drawing. If you choose this option you will also need a collection of old magazines, postcards, birthday cards etc., scissors and glue.

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Business Planning 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 business planning.

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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 business planning.

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 business planning.

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.

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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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.

About

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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Happy (Half) Hour - Celebrating The Team

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the culture of their team or organisation.
• To identify the positive aspects of the team or organisation.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the culture of their team or organisation.
• To identify the positive aspects of the team or organisation.

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

You'll Need:
•Plenty of transparent plastic glasses - ideally you'll have a variety of sizes and shapes.
• A selection of colourful swizzle sticks (plastic stirrers with shapes at one end).
• Packets of coloured tissue paper in a wide variety of colours.

Notes:
Small prizes would be a nice touch, but are not essential.

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One Man Brand - How Images Add Impact

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

Aims:
• To help participants get to know each other.
• To encourage participants to think about their personal ‘brand’.
• To encourage participants to think about how images can communicate more than words and can make communication more powerful.

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 help participants get to know each other.
• To encourage participants to think about their personal ‘brand’.
• To encourage participants to think about how images can communicate more than words and can make communication more powerful.

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

You'll Need:
• Blank name tent cards and pens for your participants.
A selection of Mr Sketch Scented Flipchart Markers can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
If using this icebreaker in very large groups ask participants to work in small teams and introduce themselves to those team members rather than the whole group.

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Talking in Riddles - How Assumptions Get in the Way

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

Aims:
• To explore how assumptions and previous experiences can prevent us from thinking clearly about a challenge.

About

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

Aims:
• To explore how assumptions and previous experiences can prevent us from thinking clearly about a challenge.

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

You'll Need:
• We have provided a PowerPoint slide for the riddle, alternatively you can write it up in advance on a flipchart.

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Too Close? - Benefits of a Wider Perspective

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

Aims:
• To illustrate, in a fun way, the problem with being too close to a situation or problem.

About

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

Aims:
• To illustrate, in a fun way, the problem with being too close to a situation or problem.

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

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

Notes:
The PowerPoint will automatically move to the next slide after a minute.

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