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Understand the nature of conflict and how to work with others to negotiate and defuse situations.

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An Image of Me

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

Aims:
• To help participants learn something about their fellow participants, including something about what is important to them.

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

Aims:
• To help participants learn something about their fellow participants, including something about what is important to them.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of any size. Larger groups will mean longer running times.

You'll Need:
Nothing.

Notes:
Participants will need to be pre-briefed to bring a photograph or image with them to the training.

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Assertiveness Spectrum

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

Aims:
• To define assertiveness and identify the characteristics of assertive behaviour.
• To identify situations where participants find it difficult to be assertive.

About

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

Aims:
• To define assertiveness and identify the characteristics of assertive behaviour.
• To identify situations where participants find it difficult to be assertive.

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

You'll Need:
• A piece of string/rope that is approximately 4 metres long.

Notes:
You will need a clear space for your participants to move along the ‘Assertiveness Spectrum’.

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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.

About

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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Conflict 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 conflict.

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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 conflict.

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 dealing with conflict.

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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Finding Common Ground

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

Aims:
• To identify things participants have in common with each other.
• To explore the impact on relationships of finding common ground.

About

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

Aims:
• To identify things participants have in common with each other.
• To explore the impact on relationships of finding common ground.

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

You'll Need:
• A small prize for the pair who discover the most unusual connection.

Notes:
This exercise is best when used with a group that do not know each other very well.

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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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Idols - Examining Values and Beliefs

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To explore values and beliefs.
• To build rapport among participants.

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 encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To explore values and beliefs.
• To build rapport among participants.

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

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

Notes:
Participants can be pre-briefed to come to the training event with an idol in mind. This gives participants time to really think about their choices.

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In a Parallel Universe

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

Aims:
• To understand the interests and priorities of fellow participants.
• To identify the benefits of getting to know those we interact with at work.

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 understand the interests and priorities of fellow participants.
• To identify the benefits of getting to know those we interact with at work.

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

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

Notes:
Running times will increase with larger groups.

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Seeing Things Differently - Different Perspectives

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

Aims:
• To introduce different styles of information gathering.
• To understand that we all have a different viewpoint or perspective.

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 introduce different styles of information gathering.
• To understand that we all have a different viewpoint or perspective.

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

You'll Need:
• A single apple (or other type of fruit) for your participants to see.

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Where is This Team? (Icebreaker)

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

Aims:
• To encourage the team to think about the team's strengths and weaknesses.
• To identify behaviour that the team needs to change.

About

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

Aims:
• To encourage the team to think about the team's strengths and weaknesses.
• To identify behaviour that the team needs to change.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 20 participants.

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

Notes:
This exercise is designed for teams that normally work together.

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Who's Assertive?

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the behaviours exhibited by assertive people.
• To encourage participants to think about the characteristics of submissive and aggressive behaviours.

About

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the behaviours exhibited by assertive people.
• To encourage participants to think about the characteristics of submissive and aggressive behaviours.

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

You'll Need:
• Flipchart paper and plenty of post-it notes.

Notes:
A great follow up for this is ‘What is Assertiveness?’ in Course Modules.

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