Effective activities can make or break a learning session. That’s why it’s important to use the right ones at the right time with the right audience.
You probably have a stash of activities you love using, but sometimes your topic or audience calls for something a little different. The only problem with that is… it takes time, and that’s probably the one thing you don’t have!
The Curious Trainers’ Resources is like a library of activities at your fingertips. The best thing is you don’t have to wade through boring technical guff to get to the, ‘how do I implement this?’ a-ha moments!
For each of the resources you’ll find:
- An informal video explaining ways to run the activities and things to consider
- 2 x PDFs that focus on a) What, Why and How and b) Set-up, Debrief and Look Out For…
Many of the resources also include:
- PowerPoint templates for you to either insert into your own workshop, or use as a standalone visual (with suggestions for delivery in the notes section)
- Worksheets for you to print out and have available for your learners.
- (These last two are unbranded and very simple but will save you uddles of time!)
So, if it’s a simple introductory exercise or a full workshop on communication, the Curious Trainers’ Resources has you covered!
This exercise allows your learners to describe themselves in a fun way without too much pressure? It gives structure, but still allows for plenty of freedom, so it's versatile for all types of learning. You can also link this activity throughout your session making it very versatile.
This activity is great for allowing your learners to consider their personal branding and how this affects them in the work place. You don't have to use coffee, but do choose something that fits the culture of the business. The key is to ensure you set up the context and link it to the topic. You can then refer back to the exercise throughout the session.
Team Dynamics, Communication & Resilience
This is a great activity to use for team dynamics, communication and even assessment centres! Anything where you want to draw out peoples interactions and communication styles. The instructions seem quite structured, but the learning is really in the observation and debrief. The key to this activity is to drive learning to your overall topic and make plenty of links back to what happened during the activity and what would happen in 'real life'!
Personal Working Styles
Looking for an exercise that allows your learners to come to the conclusion that even with the same instructions and the same equipment, people will end up with different results? It works great where learners have to interact with others and where they need to understand that people are individuals and have different past experiences and expectations, and may come to a different result than expected.
Tell Me a Story
Thinking on your Feet
'Tell Me a Story' is a great resource for enabling discussions about the importance of: Thinking on your feet, Creative thinking and Resilience. It can be run in many different ways. In this resource you'll find not just the instructions, but also an alternative to using actual story cubes!
Personal Introspection and Ice Breaker
Looking for an introduction activity that is creative and fun? You can draw learning from it, (pardon the pun) but that's not really its purpose!) This 'Hands Down' activity allows learners to express their preferences in a low pressure way. Simply set up the context for your session and link it to this activity. You can then refer back to the exercise throughout the session.
Creative Goal Setting
This 'Setting Sail' activity is all about creative goal setting! Setting goals usually involves formal processes (Yawn). Good for clear outcomes but not entirely inspiring! Use this activity as a precursor to the 'formal stuff' and create some real engagement!
Breaking the Ice
How NOT to run an Icebreaker
'Breaking the Ice' is all about HOW NOT to run an Icebreaker. If you are running a Train-the-Trainer event or have people who run team briefs, this is a good activity to get people thinking about what helps people engage early on in a session.
- Welcome to the Curious Trainers' Resources
- Welcome to ~ Coffee Anyone
- Coffee Anyone ~ Video Explanation
- Coffee Anyone ~ What, Why & How
- Coffee Anyone ~ Set up, Debrief and Look Out For
- Coffee Anyone - Personal Branding PowerPoint Pack
- Coffee Anyone ~ Company Branding Exercise sheet
- Coffee Anyone ~ Personal Branding Exercise Sheet
- Welcome to Giant Jigsaw
- Giant Jigsaw ~ Video Explanation
- Giant Jigsaw ~ What, Why and How
- Giant Jigsaw ~ Set up, Debrief and Look Out For...
- Giant Jigsaw ~Instructional Handout
- Giant Jigsaw ~ Instructions for PowerPoint
- Welcome to Coloured Buttons
- Coloured Buttons ~ Video Explanation
- Coloured Buttons ~ What, Why & How
- Coloured Buttons ~ Set up, Debrief and Look Out For.
- Welcome to ~ Tell me a story
- Tell Me a Story - Video Explanation
- Tell Me a Story ~ What, Why & How
- Tell Me a Story ~ Set up, Debrief & Look Out For
- Tell Me a Story ~ Simple Paper/PP Version Instructions
- Tell Me a Story ~ Simple PowerPoint
- Tell Me a Story ~ PDF
- Welcome to ~ Hands Down
- Hands Down ~ Video Explanation
- Hands Down ~ What, Why & How
- Hands Down ~ Set up, Debrief and Look Out For.
- Welcome to ~ Setting Sail
- Setting Sail ~ Video Explanation
- Setting Sail ~ What, Why & How
- Setting Sail ~ Set up, Debrief & Look Out For
- Setting Sail ~ Facilitators Notes
- Setting Sail - Professional and Personal Goal Downloads
- Welcome to ~ Breaking the Ice
- Breaking the Ice ~ Video Explanation
- Breaking the Ice ~ What, Why & How
- 'Breaking' the Ice! ~ Set up, Debrief & Look Out For
- Breaking the Ice - Downloadable Resources
- ...any finally!
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