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Choosing the right type of training exercises

by on September 13, 2010 · 2 Comments POSTED IN: HR Cafe
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Depending on your job and degree of responsibility, you may have a say in the choice of training exercises for your staff.

To help you identify the right one(s) for your situation, here’s a quick list of the main types of exercises:

    • Icebreakers

These help get training sessions off to a good start. Think of them as stretching before a run or walk. People may simply be asked to introduce themselves, or perhaps answer a specific question about themselves, for example.

    • Climate setting

These exercises come early in the session and are topic-specific. If you were doing training on being observant, you might choose an exercise where a variety of items are shown for a short time, and participants are asked to describe as many as they can.

    • Perception

You may want to show employees how there can be many legitimate – even contradictory – viewpoints on the same issue. One popular type of perception exercise uses a visual aid that can be interpreted in several ways.

    • Team building

Typically participants are broken into small groups and given tasks to perform in a set amount of time. They help each member determine where he or she fits comfortably in a team. These can be combined with problem-solving exercises (next).

    • Problem solving

The problem may be of a kind the business is facing or will face. The exercise allows participants to practice a specific problem-solving method, in teams or individually.

    • Leadership

These exercises can demonstrate specific leadership techniques, or show how the lack of these can create problems.

Source: “The First-Time Trainer,” by Tom W. Goad.

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  • Jenn

    Good list of things to know, but I think too often activities are pigeonholed into “teambuilding” or “icebreakers” when, in reality, all they do is waste time and accomplish nothing. If you’re going to do an icebreaker or teambuilding exercise, make sure it actually has an objective behind it.

  • Jenn

    Good list of things to know, but I think too often activities are pigeonholed into “teambuilding” or “icebreakers” when, in reality, all they do is waste time and accomplish nothing. If you’re going to do an icebreaker or teambuilding exercise, make sure it actually has an objective behind it.

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