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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.


 

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 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 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 and 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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