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Here’s a list of everything we’ve added to Trainers’ Library® recently. We’re constantly at work developing and testing new innovative training materials and activities for the library. If you've a particular topic you'd like more materials on, or have an idea for a new exercise, let us know by clicking here.


 

The Monster of Anesi - Learning to Stretch Beyond Comfort!

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 75 minutes.
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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 35 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 75 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 groups of up to 15 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 and will need to have the MP3 stored on a device connected to speakers.

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.

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Assertive Behaviour (*NEW)

Aims:
• To enable participants to define assertiveness and identify its main characteristics.
• To build an understanding of the importance of assertive behaviour on ourselves and others.
• To encourage participants to reflect upon their current levels of assertiveness and practice techniques to enable them to improve their assertive behaviour in the workplace.
• To encourage participants to realise the frequency of negative thoughts and the impact of their ‘inner dialogue’.
• To help participants develop guidelines for dealing assertively with aggressive behaviour.
• To give participants greater confidence in making and refusing requests.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 420 minutes.
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Time:
Including breaks, this workshop will take a total of 7 hours to run.

Aims:
• To enable participants to define assertiveness and identify its main characteristics.
• To build an understanding of the importance of assertive behaviour on ourselves and others.
• To encourage participants to reflect upon their current levels of assertiveness and practice techniques to enable them to improve their assertive behaviour in the workplace.
• To encourage participants to realise the frequency of negative thoughts and the impact of their ‘inner dialogue’.
• To help participants develop guidelines for dealing assertively with aggressive behaviour.
• To give participants greater confidence in making and refusing requests.

Group Size:
This workshop has been designed to work best with groups of 12-15 participants.

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor/junior manager level.

You'll Need:
In addition to the support materials (handout/briefs, PowerPoint, etc.) you will need:
• Flipchart, colourful pens and post-it notes.
• A printed copy of the large (A3) Trainer version of the Word Search grid provided, affixed to a flipchart.
• A small prize for the winning Word Search team would be nice, though not essential.
• 20 Negative Thinking Tokens per participant.
• 1 small moneybox (or small tray) for every 3 participants.
• A length of rope big enough for all participants to hold as they stand in a circle.
• A blindfold for each participant.
• Masking tape.

Notes:
Please note that all timings in the following agenda are approximate. You may need to allow more time on certain aspects of the course and less on others, depending on the needs of your participants.

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Embracing Change (*NEW)

Aim:
• List common barriers to change and explain why change is often resisted.
• Describe the change curve and strategies that might make the journey through it easier.
• Explain the impact of attitude and behaviour on yourself and others when going through change.
• Describe the differences and impact of an optimistic and pessimistic outlook.
• Suggest ways of handling negativity in a team.
• Define personal resilience and its characteristics.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 210 minutes.
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Time:
Including breaks, this workshop will take a total of 3.5 hours to run.

Aim:
• List common barriers to change and explain why change is often resisted.
• Describe the change curve and strategies that might make the journey through it easier.
• Explain the impact of attitude and behaviour on yourself and others when going through change.
• Describe the differences and impact of an optimistic and pessimistic outlook.
• Suggest ways of handling negativity in a team.
• Define personal resilience and its characteristics.

Group Size:
This workshop has been designed to work best with groups of 12-15 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
In addition to the support materials (handout/briefs, PowerPoint, etc.) you will need:
• A flipchart or two.
• Colourful pens and post-it notes.
• A selection of bells or buzzers, one for every 2-3 participants.
• A piece of string or rope that is approximately 4 metres long.
• Each of the Change Curve Cards printed on A4 or A3 paper.
• A rubber balls for each participant that, ideally, they can keep.
• 2 cardboard stars or star-shaped post-it notes for each participant. (Blu tack will also be needed if you use the cardboard stars.)
• A small prize or two (optional).

Notes:
Please note that all timings in the following agenda are approximate. You may need to allow more or less time depending on the needs of your participants.

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Essential Communication Skills (*NEW)

Aims:
• To improve the communication process and communication skills within the workplace.
• To help participants identify barriers to communication and how to overcome them.
• To give participants the skills to build rapport with others.
• To demonstrate the importance of listening and not making assumptions.
• To help participants understand how to make communication clear.
• To show that what is meant is not always what is understood (intention v perception).
• To demonstrate the importance of asking open questions to clarify understanding.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 420 minutes.
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Important - Please read before downloading!
We’re currently updating our complete courses. Where the number of downloads shown to the right is greater than one, it means that the course is in the new format and the combined trainer’s notes for the entire course can be downloaded as one file. When you download this file the number tells you how many downloads will be used from your allowance (if you have one).

Time:
Including breaks, this workshop will take a total of 7 hours to run.

Aims:
• To improve the communication process and communication skills within the workplace.
• To help participants identify barriers to communication and how to overcome them.
• To give participants the skills to build rapport with others.
• To demonstrate the importance of listening and not making assumptions.
• To help participants understand how to make communication clear.
• To show that what is meant is not always what is understood (intention v perception).
• To demonstrate the importance of asking open questions to clarify understanding.

Outcomes:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Describe barriers to communication and how to overcome these.
• Explain how to build rapport with others.
• Recognise the importance of listening and not making assumptions.
• Describe how to make communication clear and the importance of clarity.
• Understand that what is meant is not always what is understood (intention v perception).
• Recognise the importance of asking open questions to clarify understanding.
• Describe their experience of a team activity and the key learning points about communication from that.

Group Size:
This workshop has been designed to work best with groups of up to 15 participants..

Useful For:
Staff up to supervisor/junior manager level.

You'll Need:
• Flipchart, colourful pens and post-it notes.
• Name tents or plain A4 paper.
• 1 set of Filing Frenzy Shape Cards and 3 envelopes per team of 3. Filing Frenzy card packs are available to purchase from our shop. Each pack contains 10 sets of the shape cards used. You will need to print copies of The Rules and The Challenge Cards.
• The Building Rapport video.
• A mobile phone per participant. Let participants know before the training that they will need to bring their mobile phones with them.
• 1 blindfold and 24-piece jigsaw for every 2 participants.
• 5 hula hoops and skittles or cones to mark the Glasstap Sheep Trials course and plenty of space. Each team will also need a whistle.
• At least 2 rooms - preferably one for each team involved in Welsh Holiday. In addition you’ll need 1 copy of OS Landranger map 125, and OS Landranger map 124 for every 2 teams in play. Each team will also need a length of string at least 1 metre long.
• Sweets of varying wrapper colours - at least 2 sweets per participant.

Notes:
Glasstap Sheep Trials requires access to an empty space (see page 52). If this is not viable, you may prefer to use the module Just Beat It as an alternative.

Please note that all timings in the following agenda are approximate. You may need to allow more time on certain aspects of the course and less on others, depending on the needs of your participants.

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We Can Be Heroes - Just for One Day

Aims:
• To help participants identify the values of the other participants.
• To understand the importance of questioning and listening to understand others.
• To get to know the other participants and build rapport.

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

Aims:
• To help participants identify the values of the other participants.
• To understand the importance of questioning and listening to understand others.
• To get to know the other participants and build rapport.

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

You'll Need:
• A small box or other container.

Notes:
This exercise works equally well for groups that know each other and those who have never met before.

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Ask the Experts - How to Apply Learning

Aims:
• To encourage participants to review their key learning points from the training.
• To provide participants with tips for ways to apply what they've learnt back in the workplace.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.
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Time:
This exercise will take about 45 minutes to complete (see trainer notes). In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 50 minutes for completion (see trainer notes).

Aims:
• To encourage participants to review their key learning points from the training.
• To provide participants with tips for ways to apply what they've learnt back in the workplace.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
• A camera or smartphone to video the interviews.
• A clock, stopwatch or timer.

Notes:
There are two ways to run this activity. For longer courses (a full day or longer) we recommend using the full version of the activity. For shorter training sessions, miss out Stage 2 and/or Stage 3.

This activity is particularly suited to reviewing learning around Project Management but can be easily adapted to almost any training.

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Channelling Your Influence

Aims:
• To explain the importance of understanding the needs and priorities of those we seek to influence.

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

Aims:
• To explain the importance of understanding the needs and priorities of those we seek to influence.

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

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Flipchart paper, pens and post-it notes.

Notes:
This module works particularly well when paired with Just Beat It or Sweet Talking.

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Knowing Me, Knowing You - Unconscious Bias

Aims:
• To raise awareness of how quickly we draw conclusions about other people.
• Understand the impact unconscious bias has on our interactions with others.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.
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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 25 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To raise awareness of how quickly we draw conclusions about other people.
• Understand the impact unconscious bias has on our interactions with others.

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

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

Notes:
This exercise works best if your participants don’t know you very well.

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And Action! - Applying the Learning

Aims:
• To allow participants to review what they learnt during training and what actions they will be taking as a result.
• To help participants identify 3 achievements from the training.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.
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Time:
This exercise will take about 20 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 25 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To allow participants to review what they learnt during training and what actions they will be taking as a result.
• To help participants identify 3 achievements from the training.

Group Size:
Suitable for groups of up to 10 participants.

You'll Need:
• A camera or smartphone to record the interviews.

Notes:
You’ll need everyone’s email address so that you can send the video clips and evaluation sheets to them after the training.

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Amusication - Reviewing Engagement

Aims:
• To allow participants to review what they have learnt about employee engagement.
• To understand the impact their level of engagement has on the team's performance.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.
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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 allow participants to review what they have learnt about employee engagement.
• To understand the impact their level of engagement has on the team's performance.

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

You'll Need:
• A small prize for the winning team would be a nice touch.

Notes:
A fun way to review the learning during Employee Engagement training. It works best when participants have previously completed the Employee Engagement 2 - Job or Organisation? module.

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Making Messages Memorable - The Rule of Three

Aims:
• To explain the Rule of Three.
• To demonstrate the impact of repeating three-word slogans during presentations or training.
• To show the value of audience participation.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.
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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 explain the Rule of Three.
• To demonstrate the impact of repeating three-word slogans during presentations or training.
• To show the value of audience participation.

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

You'll Need:
• A set of buzzers will add to the competitive atmosphere but are not essential.

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How Long? - The Importance of Confidence

Aims:
• To demonstrate a link between self-belief and results.
• To encourage participants to consider the impact positivity has on their own performance and the performance of others.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.
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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 demonstrate a link between self-belief and results.
• To encourage participants to consider the impact positivity has on their own performance and the performance of others.

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

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• A syndicate room, or separate area in which Team 1 can work.
• A pack of 54 ‘Filing Frenzy’ cards for each team.
• A stopwatch/timer.
• You might like to use a bell or whistle to announce the start/end of the exercise.

Notes:
This exercise may not be suitable for participants who are colour blind or visually impaired. However, in most cases anyone who falls into this category can still be involved. Ask them to observe/listen to the teams during the exercise, identifying effective and less effective behaviours in order to provide constructive feedback afterwards.

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6 (ish) Degrees of Separation - A Networking Exercise

Aims:
• To identify the things they have in common with the other members of the group.
• To understand how finding connections influences their feelings about other people.

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

Aims:
• To identify the things they have in common with the other members of the group.
• To understand how finding connections influences their feelings about other people.

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

You'll Need:
• A copy of the handout for each participant and a roll of Sellotape for each team.
• A small prize is optional.

Notes:
This is a great exercise to get people talking and could be run over lunch at a networking event.

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Delegation is like Lego…

Aims:
• To understand why we delegate.
• To understand how to delegate effectively.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 45 minutes.
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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 30-45 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To understand why we delegate.
• To understand how to delegate effectively.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• A supply of Lego, with at least 50 pieces for each team of 3-5 participants.

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Pulling in Different Directions

Aims:
• To explore the positive impact of assertive communication when working with others.
• To describe how communication helped or hindered their problem solving.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.
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Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore the positive impact of assertive communication when working with others.
• To describe how communication helped or hindered their problem solving.

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

You'll Need:
• A length of rope. (We suggest around 1 metre per participant.)
• A blindfold for each participant.

Notes:
If using this exercise with very large groups, you will need volunteers to take part and the remaining participants act as observers.

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Mental Health Awareness - Is it Important at Work?

Article Overview:
In this article, Alison takes a look at the issue of Mental Health and asks if increasing awareness in the workplace could help to reduce absences and increase productivity?

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Article Overview:
In this article, Alison takes a look at the issue of Mental Health and asks if increasing awareness in the workplace could help to reduce absences and increase productivity?

Opening Words:
Yesterday I read a statistic that 84 adult men commit suicide every day in the UK. It’s a shocking statistic and how can that be possible and acceptable in 2018?

Mental health is high on the agenda for the government and the media.

Useful Reading For:
Everyone.

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

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.
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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 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 groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Everyone who interacts with others at work.

You'll Need:
• 2 different colour pens for each participant (to complete the handout).

Notes:
A great exercise to demonstrate our role in conflict with others. It’s designed to help anyone reflect on how to improve their workplace relationships, not just those who are in conflict. It is also a useful addition to Emotional Intelligence training.

We do recommend that you practice reading Flenda’s Tale aloud a couple of times before using this exercise.

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Book of Thoughts - Understanding the Burden of Stress

Aims:
• To understand why it’s important not to trivialise what causes us, or others stress.
• To help participants to recognise and explain the importance of letting go.

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

Aims:
• To understand why it’s important not to trivialise what causes us, or others stress.
• To help participants to recognise and explain the importance of letting go.

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

You'll Need:
• A book of equal weight for each participant. If funds allow, you might like to present your participants with a small journal or notebook to keep.

Notes:
Small, hard-backed books are ideal for this exercise.

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Creative Connections - Me, Myself and I

Aims:
• To allow participants to articulate their own ideas about their strengths and what they can bring to the group.
• To understand how others in the group think of themselves and their strengths.

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

Aims:
• To allow participants to articulate their own ideas about their strengths and what they can bring to the group.
• To understand how others in the group think of themselves and their strengths.

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

You'll Need:
• A box of random items – enough to give every participant a choice.

Notes:
This is a great exercise to use where you want to encourage participants to think creatively.

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Action Planning - Implementing the Learning

Aims:
• To allow participants to reflect upon what they have learnt and create a plan for implementing the learning with clear goals and timescales.
• To identify the additional support they will need in order to achieve their goals.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.
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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 allow participants to reflect upon what they have learnt and create a plan for implementing the learning with clear goals and timescales.
• To identify the additional support they will need in order to achieve their goals.

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

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop.

You'll Need:
• Plenty of spare copies of the Action Plan handout provided.

Notes:
We recommend that you repeat this exercise in short bursts at regular intervals throughout the training, rather than leave it to the very end of the event when participants will be tired and more inclined to be thinking about their journey home.

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