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With more and more people working remotely, or at home, delivering bite size training remotely using webinar/online meeting spaces can be cost and time effective.

In this section, we’ve pulled together modules that can be delivered remotely or adapted to be delivered over the internet by a trainer in real time. We provide ideas and suggestions for making the module work in this environment, although the actual methods you use will be dependent on the functionality included in the system you are using for delivery. As well as group discussion and chat, many provide the ability to create polls and some provide the opportunity for participants to raise a ‘virtual’ hand in order to speak, or even break people into syndicate spaces.

To ensure virtual delivery is as effective as possible we recommend:

1) Keeping the sessions short. Each module here provides the material for a bite-sized learning session, sometimes with pre and post-training activities to complete.

2) Keep the group size small. The temptation with remote delivery can be to try and deliver to many more people at once. However, it’s harder to achieve engagement and interaction when delivering training remotely and if you want to avoid slipping into presentation mode, it’s important to keep the group size small – smaller even than you might have in a training room.

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An Introduction to Coaching (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to be able to define coaching and its purpose.
• To explain the key differences between coaching and mentoring.
• To enable participants to describe a basic coaching model.
• To identify the core skills required by effective coaches.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to be able to define coaching and its purpose.
• To explain the key differences between coaching and mentoring.
• To enable participants to describe a basic coaching model.
• To identify the core skills required by effective coaches.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms if you have more than 4 participants.

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Apostrophes

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To build an understanding of where apostrophes are required and where they are not.
• To build an understanding of where to place the apostrophe when the possessive noun is a plural.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 40 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To build an understanding of where apostrophes are required and where they are not.
• To build an understanding of where to place the apostrophe when the possessive noun is a plural.

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:
This module is suitable for staff at all levels. Misuse of apostrophes is one of the most common errors in business writing. This module makes apostrophe use clear and simple to understand.

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Assertiveness - How Will You Handle It? (R)

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

Aims:
• To provide an opportunity to explore a variety of situations experienced during the working day and consider how best to handle each one assertively.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To provide an opportunity to explore a variety of situations experienced during the working day and consider how best to handle each one assertively.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff up to managerial level.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Assumptions - The Witches of Glum (R)

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

Aims:
• To demonstrate the danger of making assumptions.
• To help participants understand how beliefs shape our beliefs and how these can lead to prejudice or false assumptions.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 25 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the danger of making assumptions.
• To help participants understand how beliefs shape our beliefs and how these can lead to prejudice or false assumptions.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff and managers at all levels.

You'll Need:
• To pre-prepare a poll/quiz based on the Trainer’s Handout.

Notes:
We suggest that you rehearse reading the story aloud a few times prior to delivery.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (required).
• Breakout Rooms (see optional additional exercise).

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Beliefs; Actions; Results

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To consider the link between attitudes and beliefs, and results.
• To identify the need to take responsibility for our own results.
• To build an understanding of what individuals might be capable of, if they adopt a positive attitude, and push themselves a little more.

About

Time:
The exercises in this module will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 40 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To consider the link between attitudes and beliefs, and results.
• To identify the need to take responsibility for our own results.
• To build an understanding of what individuals might be capable of, if they adopt a positive attitude, and push themselves a little more.

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:
This exercise includes mention of the story of Malala Yousafzai. Depending upon your audience, you may wish to substitute it for another story that resonates with your participants.

If you do use a different story, it is important that you choose ones that will be well known to your participants and which will highlight an individual who has overcome significant hardship to achieve something of genuine importance.

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Building Determination (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of determination in building resilience.
• To identify what determination is and where it comes from.
• To list some of the key factors that help make people more determined.
• To identify ways to become more determined.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of determination in building resilience.
• To identify what determination is and where it comes from.
• To list some of the key factors that help make people more determined.
• To identify ways to become more determined.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff and managers at all levels.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Change Spectrum (R)

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

Aims:
• To explore how participants feel about a variety of changes.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore how participants feel about a variety of changes.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• To create a poll before the training session as per the Trainer’s Handout.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (essential).

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Defining Success

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

Aims:
• To define success.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To define success.

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

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Flipchart paper and lots of coloured pens.

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Facing up to Challenges - Assertiveness Role-Play (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To provide participants with an opportunity to practise responding assertively to a range of situations.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To provide participants with an opportunity to practise responding assertively to a range of situations.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Notes:
This activity is designed to be used as a conclusion to training around assertive behaviour and is suitable for staff at all levels. It provides participants with an opportunity to practise responding assertively to a range of situations – whether with managing upwards, dealing with peers and colleagues or in personal situations.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Feelings Towards Change (R)

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

Aims:
• To explore your participants’ response to change and the factors that drive it.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 25 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore your participants’ response to change and the factors that drive it.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• To prepare the two polls described in advance of the training session.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (essential).

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Find Your Team - Work Groups or Teams? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 90 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the differences between a team and work group.
• To help participants identify when a team or group is required.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 90 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore the differences between a team and work group.
• To help participants identify when a team or group is required.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Teams, work groups and/or their leaders who wish to explore the current organisation and management of the group.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Firm Management ...or Bullying? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the differences between bullying behaviour and that of firm management.
• To understand the impact of organisational culture and norms on managers’ behaviour.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore the differences between bullying behaviour and that of firm management.
• To understand the impact of organisational culture and norms on managers’ behaviour.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Supervisors, team leaders and managers.

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

Notes:
Different countries have different definitions of workplace bullying. You will find it helpful to check for yourself the current definition and any legislation or best practice guidelines applicable to your country and to have these available to share with your participants.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes.
• Breakout Rooms are essential for this module.

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Flenda’s Tale - Understanding Our Impact on the Behaviour of Others (R)

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

Aims:
• To help participants understand the impact of their behaviours on others and the part they can play in developing and improving difficult relationships at work.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the impact of their behaviours on others and the part they can play in developing and improving difficult relationships at work.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Everyone who interacts with others at work.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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Half Full? - Optimism and its Importance (R)

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider their attitude.
• To encourage discussion of optimistic versus pessimistic outlooks.
• To recognise the impact that attitude has on performance.
• To enable participants to identify personal traits that might be holding them back.
• To encourage leaders to consider how they might deal with negative attitudes in their team.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes (see notes). In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider their attitude.
• To encourage discussion of optimistic versus pessimistic outlooks.
• To recognise the impact that attitude has on performance.
• To enable participants to identify personal traits that might be holding them back.
• To encourage leaders to consider how they might deal with negative attitudes in their team.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• To consider sending participants a copy of the handout in advance of the training session. The PDF version is a form that can be completed online.

Notes:
This module provides an excellent opportunity, when working with a wide range of participants, to consider how attitude can impact on performance. Topics where the inclusion of a module looking at optimism/pessimism might be beneficial include:
• Managing change.
• Problem solving and decision making.
• Customer service.
• Selling skills.
• Leading a team.
• Strategic leadership.
• Communication skills.
• Planning and scheduling.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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How Assertive Are You? (R)

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

Aims:
• To help participants understand their current use of assertive behaviour and identify areas for improvement.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand their current use of assertive behaviour and identify areas for improvement.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor level.

You'll Need:
• To send participants a copy of the handout to complete in advance of the training session.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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Implementing Solutions (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.

Aims:
• To examine the steps towards successful implementation of change.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 50 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To examine the steps towards successful implementation of change.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Notes:
This module is about the implementation of seemingly minor changes - a new process or procedure, a solution to a problem, etc. It provides an overview of what needs to be considered before implementing any minor change.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Influence 3 - Profile of Power

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 80 minutes.

Aims:
• To allow participants the opportunity to identify their own sources of power, to know which they need to develop and to have an action plan for doing this.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 50 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 80 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To allow participants the opportunity to identify their own sources of power, to know which they need to develop and to have an action plan for doing this.

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

Useful For:
All managers but especially those who are new to the management role and may feel that they have little power of their own to allow them to accomplish results.

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

Notes:
This module is the third in a series looking at influence, power and politics. Whilst this module can be run on its on, it will have more effect if used as a follow on to the work done in Influence 2 - Sources of Power.

If you are running this module on its own and not as a follow-on, you will find it helpful to have looked at the five power sources identified in the Influence 2 - Sources of Power module before you begin.

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Influence and Persuasion - The Political Games People Play (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to consider the value and difficulty caused by organisational politics and political games.
• To create an understanding that managers cannot avoid politics, so need to know the games in which they may – deliberately or inadvertently – be playing.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to consider the value and difficulty caused by organisational politics and political games.
• To create an understanding that managers cannot avoid politics, so need to know the games in which they may – deliberately or inadvertently – be playing.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
All managers, but particularly those who are new to management and may not understand the political nature of organisations, including their own.

You'll Need:
• Prepared flipcharts with simple 'cartoon' faces drawn on them - one face for each participant.
• Post-it notes.

Notes:
Politics is often seen as a ‘dirty word’ by many people, or as one in which they have no interest. The purpose of this module is for the participants to gain a more rounded understanding of what politics really means, and the importance politics play in influence and persuasion.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Influence and Persuasion - Where Does the Power to Influence Come From? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to understand what power is and where it comes from.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to understand what power is and where it comes from.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
All managers, but particularly those who are new to management and may not understand that power comes from many different sources, not just authority.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Introduction to Giving Feedback (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To build an understanding of the characteristics and differences between constructive feedback, praise and criticism.
• To explain the importance of constructive feedback.
• To build awareness of “good practice” guidelines for providing constructive feedback.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To build an understanding of the characteristics and differences between constructive feedback, praise and criticism.
• To explain the importance of constructive feedback.
• To build awareness of “good practice” guidelines for providing constructive feedback.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Supervisors and first-time managers.

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

Notes:
If you have fewer than 5 participants, you do not need to use breakout rooms.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Introduction to Transactional Analysis (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To provide participants with a way of understanding behaviour and improving communication.
• To provide a very basic introduction to transactional analysis.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To provide participants with a way of understanding behaviour and improving communication.
• To provide a very basic introduction to transactional analysis.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff up to junior managers.

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

Notes:
This module is intended to provide a very simple introduction to transactional analysis, a theory developed by Eric Berne in the 1950s. If you are not familiar with transactional analysis you will need to read through all the notes carefully plus the additional material in the handout.

Go through the exercises on your own first so that you can see the rationale. If you have time, try to observe the different types “in play” in your own interactions with people.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (essential).
• Breakout Rooms (recommended for larger groups).

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Learning - Push or Pull? - Approaches to Developing Others (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the benefits of different approaches to developing others.
• To help participants choose the most appropriate approach for developing others in a given situation.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore the benefits of different approaches to developing others.
• To help participants choose the most appropriate approach for developing others in a given situation.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Team leaders, supervisors and managers.

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

Notes:
This module is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for developing others in the workplace: Team leaders, supervisors or managers.

It is a useful addition to coaching skills courses and can help participants understand when a coaching approach might be appropriate and when it might not be.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (essential for more than 4 participants).

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Making and Refusing Requests (R)

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

Aims:
• To draw up some guidelines for making and refusing requests.
• To describe and practise a number of assertiveness techniques.
• To test participants’ understanding of assertive behaviour.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To draw up some guidelines for making and refusing requests.
• To describe and practise a number of assertiveness techniques.
• To test participants’ understanding of assertive behaviour.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. However, it is not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor level.

You'll Need:
• To send half of your participants a copy of Handout 1 before the training session, and the other half Handout 2. Make a note of who has been sent which handout and ask them not to share the contents of their handout with others prior to the training session.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
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Mentoring 1 - What is Mentoring? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to be able to define mentoring and its purpose.
• To explain the key differences between coaching and mentoring.
• To identify the benefits of effective mentoring to organisations, mentors and protégés.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 40 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 50 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to be able to define mentoring and its purpose.
• To explain the key differences between coaching and mentoring.
• To identify the benefits of effective mentoring to organisations, mentors and protégés.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Anyone who wants to be a mentor and also those who are looking to use a mentor, but want to know more about the mentoring process.

You'll Need:
• To pre-prepare the poll/quiz.

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Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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• Polls/Quizzes.
• Breakout Rooms.

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Miss-Communication (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To show participants how we all interpret information differently.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To show participants how we all interpret information differently.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants.It is not suitable for 1-1 use.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Participants will need access to at least two sheets of plain A4 paper, a black marker pen or biro and, ideally, some coloured pens or pencils.

Notes:
This is a fun way to explore how we all see things differently. We recommend a minimum of 5 participants for this module to work well.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
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Powerful Communication - What Listeners Pay Attention To

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants understand what listeners actually pay attention to when someone is speaking.
• To provide participants with a self-generated list of the essences of powerful communication.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20-30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40-50 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand what listeners actually pay attention to when someone is speaking.
• To provide participants with a self-generated list of the essences of powerful communication.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 15 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• A flipchart and a stopwatch for each trainer.

Notes:
This exercise can be useful in any course on communication skills or presentation skills. It works best at the start of a course as the flipchart that the participants generate can be referred to throughout the rest of the course and added to as other essences of powerful communication appear.

If you have 9-15 participants the exercise works best if you split the group into 2 teams.

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Remote Rules - Managing or Working in Remote Teams (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the background issues that affect remote teams.
• To help participants recognise the challenge of working collaboratively when geographically separated.
• To show the importance of establishing clear guidelines at the start of any project to ensure success.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore the background issues that affect remote teams.
• To help participants recognise the challenge of working collaboratively when geographically separated.
• To show the importance of establishing clear guidelines at the start of any project to ensure success.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Those who currently work in Remote Teams. It is also particularly well suited to those that are about to start working remotely. It is best run with complete teams, but you could also run it with those responsible for managing a Remote Team.

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

Notes:
This module is an excellent follow on to Working in Remote Teams.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
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Remote Team Management - Attitude and Approach (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To consider how managers might need to adapt their attitudes and approach in order to successfully manage a remote team.
• To consider the pitfalls of trying to micro-manage a remote team.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To consider how managers might need to adapt their attitudes and approach in order to successfully manage a remote team.
• To consider the pitfalls of trying to micro-manage a remote team.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
This module is suitable for those who do, or will, manage remote teams.

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

Notes:
This module is particularly targeted at managers with a tendency to control and micro-manage, and considers the changes they will need to make to their management style in order to successfully manage a remote team.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
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• Share screen.
• Chat.
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Remote Teams - Engaging with Technology (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the technology that will help remote teams to be effective and how to use it appropriately.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the technology that will help remote teams to be effective and how to use it appropriately.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
This module is best run with a complete team of remote workers and their manager.

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

Notes:
The Glasstap team have been working successfully as a remote team from at least 6 different locations, for more than 10 years. Collectively, we have more than 55 years’ experience of remote team working. In this series of modules, we’ve used that experience to help you help other teams and their managers make the transition to remote working, or build on the foundations already in place.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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Responding to Written Complaints (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the importance of written complaints.
• To provide a simple model for drafting an appropriate written response to a complaint.
• To provide an opportunity for participants to practise writing responses to customer complaints.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the importance of written complaints.
• To provide a simple model for drafting an appropriate written response to a complaint.
• To provide an opportunity for participants to practise writing responses to customer complaints.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels and in particular, supervisors, team leaders or those responding to customer complaints.

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

Notes:
We have provided 4 fictional written complaints, which can be used if real examples can't be made available, (together with a suggested response for each) but the exercise will probably be of more benefit if participants can draft responses to complaints that are relevant to their team/department/organisation.

We recommend therefore that for the practical element of this module, you gather some examples of written complaints received by your organisation (try to have a mix of letters, emails or social media postings). You should pre-prepare these by removing any information that identifies the customer and/or a particular member of staff.

Before running this module, please familiarise yourself with the handout and make sure you understand the structure used. The suggested responses to our fictional written complaints will help in your preparation.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes.
• Breakout Rooms.

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Summary and Clarification (R)

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

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of summary and clarification in effective communication.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of summary and clarification in effective communication.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms (optional for larger groups).

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The Change Journey - What to Do When Change Really Hurts (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To describe the change curve.
• To consider strategies for working through the change curve journey.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 40 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To describe the change curve.
• To consider strategies for working through the change curve journey.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
All staff, including managers.

You'll Need:
• Article - When Change Really Hurts, available in the Articles section of Trainers’ Library.

Notes:
This can be a challenging session to run so it’s important that you feel confident in your knowledge and have lots of information to add if the group clams up. Apart from the article that you need for the session, you may also find it useful to read those by Damian Hughes and Martin Haworth, also available in the Articles section of Trainers’ Library.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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The Hotel Booking - A Customer Service Experience (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To show the importance of empathy when dealing with angry customers.
• To demonstrate that it is not just the solution, but the way the solution is delivered that affects the customer's view of the service they received.
• To provide participants with an opportunity to consider a real customer experience and to identify areas for improvement in the way it was handled.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To show the importance of empathy when dealing with angry customers.
• To demonstrate that it is not just the solution, but the way the solution is delivered that affects the customer's view of the service they received.
• To provide participants with an opportunity to consider a real customer experience and to identify areas for improvement in the way it was handled.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Notes:
We would like to thank Jo Downes for her help in writing this module.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
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The Importance Of Assertiveness (R)

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

Aims:
• To build an understanding of the importance and value of assertive and responsive behaviour.
• To build an understanding of the impact of assertive behaviour on ourselves and on others.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To build an understanding of the importance and value of assertive and responsive behaviour.
• To build an understanding of the impact of assertive behaviour on ourselves and on others.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Breakout Rooms.

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The Monster of Anesi - Learning to Stretch Beyond Comfort! (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 55 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the ability for fear to debilitate.
• To explore what happens if we continue to avoid new situations that scare us.
• To explore the principle of Comfort Zone, Learning Zone and Panic Zone, and the function of each.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 55 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand the ability for fear to debilitate.
• To explore what happens if we continue to avoid new situations that scare us.
• To explore the principle of Comfort Zone, Learning Zone and Panic Zone, and the function of each.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• To have read the story a few times so that you are familiar with it and can read it with expression.
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• Full and Pro Members can use the audio version of the story.

Notes:
This module looks at the impact of fear on our ability to achieve goals and fulfil our potential. It’s a useful addition to any training around personal development, adaptability and resilience. It also looks at the role of the Comfort Zone in learning and is therefore also important to trainers, or those taking on a people development role. In addition, it’s a useful module to include in any topic specific training, where fear of a new situation might hold learners back from achieving their full potential.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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• Breakout Rooms.

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The Shopping List - An Exercise in Unconscious Bias

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate how our own beliefs, values and past experiences affect how we perceive people and situations.
• To raise awareness of how often unconscious bias impacts upon our perceptions of others.
• To understand the impact of unconscious bias on our interactions with others and the decisions we take.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To demonstrate how our own beliefs, values and past experiences affect how we perceive people and situations.
• To raise awareness of how often unconscious bias impacts upon our perceptions of others.
• To understand the impact of unconscious bias on our interactions with others and the decisions we take.

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

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Notes:
If using this exercise with very large groups, place participants into pairs.

Unconscious bias can apply to a range of topics and can be included in training on Recruitment, Equal Opportunities, Customer Service and Performance Management, etc.

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Trouble at the Inn - Managing Poor Performance

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 180 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider different approaches to improving poor performance, and the relative merits of those different approaches.
• To encourage participants to think about appropriate timescales over which they might expect to improve performance and standards.
• To consider the implications of not taking action to improve poor performance.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 80 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 180 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider different approaches to improving poor performance, and the relative merits of those different approaches.
• To encourage participants to think about appropriate timescales over which they might expect to improve performance and standards.
• To consider the implications of not taking action to improve poor performance.

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

Useful For:
Managers, or those who soon will be.

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

Notes:
There are two different versions of the team brief for this exercise.

For junior managers we recommend using version 1, which contains a list of actions that the managers could consider when dealing with the issues of poor performance.

For more experienced managers, we recommend using version 2, which does not provide any clues about the type of action they could take and encourages them to come up with their own solutions.

This module is ideally suited for inclusion in training around managing change.

You can reduce the amount of time needed for this module by approximately 30 minutes by not requesting a formal presentation and simply asking each team instead to talk through its proposed actions.

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What Is Assertiveness? (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To define assertiveness.
• To identify the main characteristics of assertiveness.
• To distinguish assertive behaviour from aggressive and submissive behaviours.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To define assertiveness.
• To identify the main characteristics of assertiveness.
• To distinguish assertive behaviour from aggressive and submissive behaviours.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor level.

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

Notes:
There are two exercises in this module; a simple quiz (15 minutes) and a discussion exercise (15 minutes).

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
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Which Shelf Are You On? - Labels and Assumptions (R)

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

Aims:
• To encourage people to reflect on the assumptions we make and the labels we attach to people.
• To understand that there is more to people than what we see on the surface.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To encourage people to reflect on the assumptions we make and the labels we attach to people.
• To understand that there is more to people than what we see on the surface.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. However, it is not suitable for 1-1 use.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
• Share files.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
• Polls/Quizzes (optional).
• Breakout Rooms (essential).

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Why Do I Always Get Them? - Notes Supporting the Glasstap Film

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 115 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider the difference between good and bad customer service.
• To encourage participants to consider the behaviours that those who deliver good customer service demonstrate.
• To consider strategies for avoiding or managing customer conflict.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 60 minutes (including the time required to view the training film). In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 115 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider the difference between good and bad customer service.
• To encourage participants to consider the behaviours that those who deliver good customer service demonstrate.
• To consider strategies for avoiding or managing customer conflict.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to about 15 participants, as long as suitable projection facilities are available to give everyone a clear view of the training video.

Useful For:
Anyone in a customer facing role.

You'll Need:
• A computer with internet connection and a means of connecting to a screen.

Notes:
This module is designed to accompany the Glasstap film, ‘Why Do I Always Get Them?’

This exercise involves a look at customer service, particularly in relation to face-to-face contact, managing difficult situations and conflict.

If your level of membership doesn’t include the option to stream this video, you can purchase a digital copy.

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Working in Remote Teams (R)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify key things required for remote teams to work successfully together.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To identify key things required for remote teams to work successfully together.

Group Size:
This module can be used with individuals as well as groups of up to 12 participants.

Useful For:
Those who currently work in Remote Teams. It is also particularly well suited to those that are about to start working remotely. It is best run with complete teams, but you could also run it with those responsible for managing a Remote Team.

Notes:
This is a useful icebreaker/introduction to remote working for those who haven’t worked in remote teams before, or for those who want to strengthen their remote teams.

You might wish to follow this module up with Remote Rules.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
• Chat.
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In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
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Wrong Message, Poorly Written

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 105 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants identify what is wrong with a real example of a 'customer service' email.
• To encourage participants to think about the key messages the company intended to deliver to its customers.
• To recognise the impact that poor grammar and punctuation has on a writer's credibility.
• To rewrite the email, delivering the key messages in an appropriate, effective manner.

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Time:
The exercises in this module will take about 60 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 105 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To help participants identify what is wrong with a real example of a 'customer service' email.
• To encourage participants to think about the key messages the company intended to deliver to its customers.
• To recognise the impact that poor grammar and punctuation has on a writer's credibility.
• To rewrite the email, delivering the key messages in an appropriate, effective manner.

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

Useful For:
Supervisors and above.

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

Notes:
This module is particularly valuable because it is based upon a genuine email which was distributed to an internet hosting company's customers. It contains important lessons about culture, customer service, and writing skills. It can also be used to prompt discussion about the damaging effects of poor communication.

For the purposes of this exercise we've shortened the original email by removing a few of the more technical paragraphs.

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Wrong Standard - Examination of a Real 'Standard Letter'

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants identify what is wrong with a (real example) of a 'customer service' letter.
• To encourage participants to think about the key messages the company intended to deliver to its customers.
• To recognise how one badly constructed letter can lose a customer.

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Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 30 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 60 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To help participants identify what is wrong with a (real example) of a 'customer service' letter.
• To encourage participants to think about the key messages the company intended to deliver to its customers.
• To recognise how one badly constructed letter can lose a customer.

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

Useful For:
Staff at all levels, and especially people working in finance and/or customer services.

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

Notes:
This module is suitable for staff at all levels; especially those involved in financial and/or customer services. The example shows a letter that is confusing and pretentious, both in its layout and in its content. The writer of this letter should be aiming to regain – even increase – business from this customer. In the letter's current format it is highly unlikely that this will be achieved.

This exercise would also be useful to develop a conversation in an organisation about its standard letters, which are often carelessly written and should be regularly examined and revised.

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