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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.


 

Barriers to Communication (R)

Aims:
• To identify key barriers to effective communication.
• To explore why such barriers exist.
• To identify 'good practice' principles that will help avoid barriers to communication.

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

Aims:
• To identify key barriers to effective communication.
• To explore why such barriers exist.
• To identify 'good practice' principles that will help avoid barriers to communication.

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 up to supervisor/team leader 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 (required).

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The Leadership Identikit (R)

Aims:
• To explore the differences between leadership and management.
• To explore the relationship between leadership and management.

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 40 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 75 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To explore the differences between leadership and management.
• To explore the relationship between leadership and management.

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

Useful For:
Team leaders and managers, or those who soon will be.

You'll Need:
• The Activity Page link in 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.

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

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A Sign of the Times (R)

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about how they communicate, and what unintentional messages they might be conveying to customers, colleagues and others.
• To demonstrate how words are just the tip of the communication iceberg, and how what lies beneath the service can have a serious, and lasting impact on how others perceive us, and the organisations we work for.
• To demonstrate how brand is affected by every piece of communication leaving the organisation.

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about how they communicate, and what unintentional messages they might be conveying to customers, colleagues and others.
• To demonstrate how words are just the tip of the communication iceberg, and how what lies beneath the service can have a serious, and lasting impact on how others perceive us, and the organisations we work for.
• To demonstrate how brand is affected by every piece of communication leaving the organisation.

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:
• The Activity Page link in Trainers’ Library.

Notes:
This is a powerful exercise that really gets participants to think about the way organisations communicate. It’s a useful addition to any customer service training, but particularly useful with groups that are responsible for brand and the way the organisation portrays itself to the outside world. This could be managers within the marketing department, branch managers, recruitment managers, etc.

It’s suitable for all types of organisation, including public and charitable bodies.

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 (required).

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Island of Opportunity - A Test of Negotiation Skills (R)

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of building a clear understanding of needs and feelings in negotiation, through effective questioning and listening.
• To show the importance of separating people and personalities from the problems.
• To show the value of a shared problem/creative solution finding approach to negotiation.
• To provide an opportunity to practise negotiation, teamwork and problem solving skills.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 90 minutes.
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Time:
This game can be played in about 60 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 90 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of building a clear understanding of needs and feelings in negotiation, through effective questioning and listening.
• To show the importance of separating people and personalities from the problems.
• To show the value of a shared problem/creative solution finding approach to negotiation.
• To provide an opportunity to practise negotiation, teamwork and problem solving skills.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Negotiation skills, communication, leadership, teamwork and collaboration, and problem solving.

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 who are involved in negotiating, but managers in particular.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided, but you might want to consider pre-assigning participants to their tribe and providing tribe members with their team brief and the island map in advance of the training session.

Notes:
It’s best to run this exercise module without too much explanation. This exercise has many different potential solutions – the learning comes from the experience of trying to find one that all parties can agree to.

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 (required).

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Home Working - The Business Case for Major Change

Aims:
• To identify the financial, environmental and time costs incurred by commuting.
• To identify how home working could benefit employees, employers and society.

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

Aims:
• To identify the financial, environmental and time costs incurred by commuting.
• To identify how home working could benefit employees, employers and society.

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

Useful For:
Managers and anyone interested in promoting home working as part of a long-term strategy within their organisations.

You'll Need:
• Your participants to bring a sheet of blank A4 paper and some coloured pens/crayons/pencils to the 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 (required).
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Keys to Resilience (R)

Aims:
• To identify where resilience comes from and what makes people resilient.
• To understand how and why different people have different levels of resilience.
• To introduce six keys to personal resilience.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.
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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 identify where resilience comes from and what makes people resilient.
• To understand how and why different people have different levels of resilience.
• To introduce six keys to personal resilience.

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 provide participants with the blank PowerPoint slides for this activity, either in the session or by email beforehand.

Notes:
This module can be used as a stand-alone module but is also a great way to introduce various topics that you might want to go on to explore in greater detail. It helps participants understand the wide range of factors that can influence an individual’s levels of resilience.

If you are going to move on to look at the six keys to personal resilience in greater detail then you may wish to leave out the final exercise. In this case you should be able to complete the module in 60 minutes.

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 (required).

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Difficult Conversations 4 - Practical Application (R)

Aims:
• To give participants the opportunity to practise planning and preparing for a difficult conversation.

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

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 give participants the opportunity to practise planning and preparing for a difficult conversation.

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 managers in particular.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided, though participants should be encouraged to bring the handouts and work from earlier sessions.

Notes:
This module is a follow up to Difficult Conversations 1-3, and a natural conclusion to those. It reviews the previous work, introduces a structure for difficult conversations and provides a practical opportunity to plan for a real situation.

The activity can be run as a remote training session, with participants working in pairs.

However, if you prefer, you could brief participants by email and run this as a post training activity to be completed back in the workplace. If used in this way, we suggest you review each participant’s work in a follow up 1:1 coaching 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:
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Quoting Resilience (R)

Aims:
• To encourage participants to begin to think about resilience and what it means to them.

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

Aims:
• To encourage participants to begin to think about resilience and what it means to them.

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

Useful For:
Everyone.

You'll Need:
• To send out instructions in advance of the training session and follow up on these, if necessary, to ensure the pre-training task is completed.

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 (not required).
• Breakout Rooms (not required).

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Difficult Conversations 3 - Using Constructive Language (R)

Aims:
• To help participants conduct difficult conversations using language that is more likely to achieve a positive outcome for all.

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

Aims:
• To help participants conduct difficult conversations using language that is more likely to achieve a positive outcome for all.

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 managers in particular.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided, though participants should be encouraged to bring the handouts from the earlier sessions on this topic if you’ve run them.

Notes:
This module is a natural follow on to Difficult Conversations 1 – Why They Need Thinking About and Difficult Conversations 2 – Planning and Preparation.

This module can be used as the basis for a 1:1 coaching exercise/discussion.

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 (required).

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Difficult Conversations 1 - Why They Need Thinking About (R)

Aims:
• To identify the types of conversations that people find difficult.
• To explore the potential consequences of avoiding difficult conversations, managing them badly and of managing them effectively.
• To understand the importance of thinking about the purpose of a difficult conversation and preparing for it before it happens.

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

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To identify the types of conversations that people find difficult.
• To explore the potential consequences of avoiding difficult conversations, managing them badly and of managing them effectively.
• To understand the importance of thinking about the purpose of a difficult conversation and preparing for it before it happens.

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, but particularly managers.

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

Notes:
This exercise is designed for the start of an Employee Engagement workshop.

Before the delegates arrive – create a flip chart or charts with colourful cartoon faces on. Please have enough faces so that there is one for each participant. Have these on display at the start of the exercise.

There are two parts to this exercise. It is essential that both are completed to ensure that learning is maximised.

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 (required).

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Difficult Conversations 2 - Planning and Preparation (R)

Aims:
• To help participants prepare for conversations they find difficult and approach them in a way that is more likely to achieve a positive outcome.

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

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 help participants prepare for conversations they find difficult and approach them in a way that is more likely to achieve a positive outcome.

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 but particular managers.

You'll Need:
• To remind participants to bring the questions they produced in Difficult Conversations 1 – Why They Need Thinking About, if you used this session, or send them Handout 1 in advance of the training session if you haven’t.

Notes:
The exercise in this session involves splitting the group into small teams. However, if you have 5 or fewer participants, you can keep them together in one team, in which case a breakout room is not essential.

This module can also be used as the basis for a 1:1 coaching exercise/discussion.

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 (required - see Notes).

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Mentoring Skills (R)

Aims:
• To recognise the key skills required of a mentor.
• To assess current skill levels.
• To identify key strengths and areas for development.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.
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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 recognise the key skills required of a mentor.
• To assess current skill levels.
• To identify key strengths and areas for development.

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 who are, or will shortly begin, mentoring others.

You'll Need:
• Be prepared to email handouts to participants during the session if they are unable to download them.

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 (required).

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Re-Scripting Feedback (R)

Aims:
• To encourage participants to consider the art of feedback and to ensure their feedback is appropriate and objective.
• To enable participants to identify useful, helpful, constructive feedback.
• To clarify what makes useful, constructive feedback.
• To develop the participants’ ability to give constructive feedback.
• To consider how it feels to be on the receiving end of destructive or unhelpful feedback.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.
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 encourage participants to consider the art of feedback and to ensure their feedback is appropriate and objective.
• To enable participants to identify useful, helpful, constructive feedback.
• To clarify what makes useful, constructive feedback.
• To develop the participants’ ability to give constructive feedback.
• To consider how it feels to be on the receiving end of destructive or unhelpful feedback.

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:
The suggested time for this module is based on the assumption that pre-work has covered the essential elements of positive feedback.

The activity is designed to help participants improve their ability to offer feedback in a way that is constructive and helpful and leads to positive performance. It works particularly well following the Introduction to Giving Feedback (R) module in Trainers’ Library (which covers the essential elements mentioned above).

The activity in this module can be used as the basis of a 1:1 coaching discussion.

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 (required).

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The Two Farmers - Managing Team Performance (R)

Aims:
• To help first time managers to recognise and discuss some of the things that they need to do to build awareness of the team and monitor its performance.
• To help first time managers understand the importance of spotting potential problems quickly and taking appropriate action to help the team overcome these.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 70 minutes.
About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 50 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 70 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help first time managers to recognise and discuss some of the things that they need to do to build awareness of the team and monitor its performance.
• To help first time managers understand the importance of spotting potential problems quickly and taking appropriate action to help the team overcome these.

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

Useful For:
Junior managers, especially those managing for the first time.

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 (required).

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The Mentoring Relationship - Development and Conclusion

Aims:
• To consider the role the mentor in terms of evaluation, facilitation and motivation.
• To provide a structure of mentoring meetings.
• To consider when it’s the right time to end the mentor-protégé relationship.
• To consider how to review the success of the mentor-protégé relationship when it ends.

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

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

Aims:
• To consider the role the mentor in terms of evaluation, facilitation and motivation.
• To provide a structure of mentoring meetings.
• To consider when it’s the right time to end the mentor-protégé relationship.
• To consider how to review the success of the mentor-protégé relationship when it ends.

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

Useful For:
Both mentors and protégés at any level.

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

Notes:
We recommend running The Mentoring Relationship – Foundations before 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.
• Share files.

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

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Apostrophes (R)

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.

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 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for 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 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 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.

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 (required).

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Coaching and Counselling - Remaining Neutral (R)

Aims:
• To consider the pitfalls and dangers of giving advice when helping staff solve their own problems.
• To consider the dangers of making judgements or assumptions about the nature of someone else’s problem.

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

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To consider the pitfalls and dangers of giving advice when helping staff solve their own problems.
• To consider the dangers of making judgements or assumptions about the nature of someone else’s problem.

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

Useful For:
Managers and team leaders.

You'll Need:
• To create the poll 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 (required).
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Wrong Message, Poorly Written (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 105 minutes.
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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 45 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 105 minutes for 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 can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Supervisors and above.

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

Notes:
This is a long module for remote delivery, so we strongly recommend running it as two one-hour sessions with a break between, as described in the notes. This means running it either side of a decent (minimum 20 minute) break or over two days.

This module 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.

If using this module to train an individual, run the first exercise as a 1:1 discussion, but leave them to attempt the second activity alone, either in the session or as a work-based activity between coaching sessions.

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 (required).

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The Mentoring Relationship - Foundations

Aims:
• To enable participants to define the 3 stages of the mentor-protégé relationship.
• To enable mentors and protégés to have clarity about their roles and responsibilities.
• To provide guidelines and templates for managing the relationship.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 85 minutes.
About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 85 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to define the 3 stages of the mentor-protégé relationship.
• To enable mentors and protégés to have clarity about their roles and responsibilities.
• To provide guidelines and templates for managing the relationship.

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

Useful For:
Both mentors and protégés at any level.

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

Notes:
This module involves two parts. We recommend taking a break (minimum 15 minutes) between the two parts, and therefore allowing at least 100 minutes in total for this 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:
• Breakout Rooms (required).

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Wrong Standard - Examination of a Real 'Standard Letter' (R)

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 customer.
• To recognise how one badly constructed letter can lose a customer.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 60 minutes for 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 customer.
• To recognise how one badly constructed letter can lose a customer.

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, 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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Remote Team Management - Self Management (R)

Aims:
• To consider the challenges faced by remote workers and the skills needed to self-manage.
• To look at ways in which remote workers can create a separation between work and home life.
• To look at the role team leaders play in supporting home workers, particularly those new to home working.

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

Aims:
• To consider the challenges faced by remote workers and the skills needed to self-manage.
• To look at ways in which remote workers can create a separation between work and home life.
• To look at the role team leaders play in supporting home workers, particularly those new to home working.

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 and all those who work remotely.

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.

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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Trouble at the Inn - Managing Poor Performance (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 90 minutes.
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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 60 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 90-120 minutes for this module (see notes).

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

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

You'll Need:
To decide how to run this module. You can:
• Set the assignment as a pre-training task to be completed by each team or individual. (We’ve provided suggested wording to use in an email to brief team members/individuals on their task.)
• Run the whole session in real time with a break between the activity and debrief.

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.

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‘Why Do I Always Get Them?’ (Customer Service) (R)

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.

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 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 75 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 12 participants. It’s not suitable for 1-1 training.

Useful For:
Anyone in a customer facing role.

You'll Need:
• A Full, Consultant or Pro Trainers’ Library membership to stream or download the video.

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.

The second exercise can be run as a post-training activity to be completed individually, if you need to reduce the time required for this module.

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

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Powerful Communication - What Listeners Pay Attention To (R)

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.

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 20 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 45 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 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 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 more than 6 participants, the exercise works best if you split the group into 2 teams, in which case you might want one team to run the activity without cameras, as explained in the notes. (If you do this, you will need one participant, or another trainer, to facilitate the process.)

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• Share screen.
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• Breakout Rooms (required if more than 6 participants).

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The Shopping List - An Exercise in Unconscious Bias (R)

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.

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 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 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.

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 Brainstorm Bench

Aims:
• To generate ideas for improving customer service, a process, department, business…any aspect of a business or organisation.
• To encourage participants to think from different angles.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 70 minutes.
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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 70 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To generate ideas for improving customer service, a process, department, business…any aspect of a business or organisation.
• To encourage participants to think from different angles.

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

Useful For:
Anyone who wants to generate ideas for continuous improvement.

You'll Need:
• A set of ‘Brainstorm Bench’ cards.

Notes:
Although the brainstorm/discussion activity and discussion can be completed in 40 minutes, we strongly recommend adding the action planning activity outlined at the end of the module, which adds a further 30 minutes, unless this is incorporated elsewhere in your training.

We’ve included some wacky questions in the set of Brainstorm Bench cards. These are in blue to make them easier to identify, so you can decide if you’d like to include them.

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Beliefs; Actions; Results (R)

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.

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 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40 minutes for 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 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 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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• Share screen.
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Unequal Opportunities (R)

Aims:
• Demonstrate how opportunities are not always as equal as they may seem.
• Demonstrate why equal opportunities legislation exists.
• Demonstrate why reasonable adjustments might be required in order to make opportunities more accessible to all.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.
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:
• Demonstrate how opportunities are not always as equal as they may seem.
• Demonstrate why equal opportunities legislation exists.
• Demonstrate why reasonable adjustments might be required in order to make opportunities more accessible to all.

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:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This activity requires a minimum of 5 participants.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
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Defining Success (R)

Aims:
• To define success.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 35 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 35 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To define success.

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:
• Participants will need a sheet of plain paper to hand and ideally, some colour pens or pencils.

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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Influence and Persuasion - Profile of Power (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 60 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 can be used with groups of up to 12 participants. It’s also suitable for 1-1 training.

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

You'll Need:
• Participants to complete the first activity prior to the training session.

Notes:
We strongly recommend running Influence and Persuasion - Where Does the Power to Influence Come From? prior to running this session so that participants have an understanding of the different sources of power we build upon in this session.

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Remote Team Management - Limiting Beliefs (R)

Aims:
• To consider how our beliefs about people impact the way we manage them.
• To consider whether those beliefs and the resulting behaviours will help us effectively manage remote workers.

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

Aims:
• To consider how our beliefs about people impact the way we manage them.
• To consider whether those beliefs and the resulting behaviours will help us effectively manage remote workers.

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 encourages participants to consider their beliefs about employees and whether those beliefs and the resulting behaviours they adopt will help them get the best out of remote workers. You can use this in place of Remote Team Management – Attitude and Approach, but consider using that module to reinforce and develop the learning from this.

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Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
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The Change Journey - What to Do When Change Really Hurts (R)

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

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

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Remote Team Management - Attitude and Approach (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 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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Making the Impossible Possible - A Brainstorming Technique

Aims:
• Introduce participants to a new approach to brainstorming.
• Demonstrate the importance of looking for solutions to problems.

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:
• Introduce participants to a new approach to brainstorming.
• Demonstrate the importance of looking for solutions to problems.

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:
During this exercise participants will be solving a problem. We have provided some suggested topics but, where appropriate, we recommend using a real issue that your participants need to address.

For example, this exercise was used with a government’s Transport Department. The participants (from junior to senior members of staff) used this technique to identify how to tackle the congested roads in their biggest city.

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Remote Teams - Engaging with Technology (R)

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

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

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Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
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Influence and Persuasion - Where Does the Power to Influence Come From? (R)

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

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 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:
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Implementing Solutions (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 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 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:
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Influence and Persuasion - The Political Games People Play (R)

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.

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

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Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
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Miss-Communication (R)

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

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 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:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
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Mentoring - What is Mentoring? (R)

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.

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

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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• Polls/Quizzes.
• Breakout Rooms.

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

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 20 minutes.
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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 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.
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Summary and Clarification (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.
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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 Hotel Booking - A Customer Service Experience (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 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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Find Your Team - Work Groups or Teams? (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 90 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 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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Responding to Written Complaints (R)

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.

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

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• Polls/Quizzes.
• Breakout Rooms.

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

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.

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 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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Introduction to Transactional Analysis (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 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.
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• Polls/Quizzes (essential).
• Breakout Rooms (recommended for larger groups).

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Feelings Towards Change (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.
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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 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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Assumptions - The Witches of Glum (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.
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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Change Spectrum (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.
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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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Building Determination (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.
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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Half Full? - Optimism and its Importance (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.
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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What Is Assertiveness? (R)

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

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 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:
• Face-to-face discussion.
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Facing up to Challenges - Assertiveness Role-Play (R)

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

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 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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Assertiveness - How Will You Handle It? (R)

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.

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

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Making and Refusing Requests (R)

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.

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 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:
Remote Delivery requires a system that as an absolute minimum provides the following functionality:
• Face-to-face discussion.
• Share screen.
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Which Shelf Are You On? - Labels and Assumptions (R)

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.

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

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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Which Shelf Are You On? - Labels and Assumptions

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.

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

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

Aims:
• To encourage 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:
Suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided. But for a more visual/engaging exercise, you could provide participants physical representations of the products listed in the activity to sort.

Notes:
This is a great icebreaker for any topic where it’s helpful for participants consider whether categorising people is fair, and the impact this can have on beliefs and behaviour.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
There is a Remote Delivery version of this module available in Trainers’ Library.

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Introduction to Giving Feedback (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 minutes.
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.
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In addition, we strongly recommend using a system that provides for:
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The Monster of Anesi - Learning to Stretch Beyond Comfort! (R)

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 55 minutes.
About

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:
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An Introduction to Coaching (R)

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.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 60 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 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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The Importance Of Assertiveness (R)

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.

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 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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How Assertive Are You? (R)

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

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 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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Firm Management ...or Bullying? (R)

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.

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

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.

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 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.
• Chat.
• Share files.

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• Breakout Rooms.

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Working in Remote Teams (R)

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

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 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.
• Share files.

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

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The Wizard - The Impact of Words and Actions

Aims:
• To reflect on the impact words and actions can have on others.
• To understand that the impact our words and actions have may be invisible to us.

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 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 30 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To reflect on the impact words and actions can have on others.
• To understand that the impact our words and actions have may be invisible to us.

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

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• A red sweet and a green sweet for each participant. (You can use other colours if you prefer as long as you use two colours and each participant has one of each.)
• A shallow basin with a little water covering the bottom.

Notes:
Be aware that some participants might not be able to eat sweets if, for example, they are diabetic.

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His Lordship’s Garden Party - Strategy and Teamwork

Aims:
• To test participants’ abilities to plan and develop a strategy that delivers a good result for the ‘customer’.
• To test participants’ abilities to effectively utilise skills within the team to solve a series of problems.
• To test participants’ abilities to anticipate and successfully respond to unexpected challenges.

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 75 minutes.
About

Time:
This game can be played in about 45 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 75 minutes.

Aims:
• To test participants’ abilities to plan and develop a strategy that delivers a good result for the ‘customer’.
• To test participants’ abilities to effectively utilise skills within the team to solve a series of problems.
• To test participants’ abilities to anticipate and successfully respond to unexpected challenges.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Teamwork, planning, problem solving, time management, communication, attention to detail.

Group Size:
We suggest running this exercise with teams of 3-5 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels. It can also be used to examine the role of leaders within teams.

You'll Need:
Each team will need:
• A copy of the Brief, Task List and Additional Information Handout.
• Two Promise Slips.
• Plenty of flipchart paper and marker pens.
• A blue, green and red pen (or one that is all three).
• A length of string.
• A ruler.
• A self-tie bow tie.
• A pack of playing cards.
• A ball.
• A die.
• 25 recycled paper cups.
• A range of small toys including a dinosaur.

You will need:
• Flash cards for the party guests (provided).
• A blindfold.

Notes:
This team building game can be used in a number of ways, and can be applied to many different topics including project management, teamwork, planning and setting expectations. It can also be used to examine the role of leaders within teams and if that’s your intention, you might want to pre-assign the role of leader to someone from each team.

The activity itself takes 45 minutes and you should allow a further 30-45 minutes to review and score the teams’ performance and explore the key learning points.

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Do I Belong Here? - Bringing a Sense of Belonging to the Workplace

Aims:
• To consider where people have a true sense of belonging and what that feels like.
• To explore the positive benefits of ‘belonging’.
• To explore how to create a sense of belonging at work.

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

Aims:
• To consider where people have a true sense of belonging and what that feels like.
• To explore the positive benefits of ‘belonging’.
• To explore how to create a sense of belonging at work.

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:
A discussion that encourages people to explore how it feels to belong.

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