Activities to use at Training Events
- Here are some activities you might find a place to use, have fun!
Participants Let Frustrations Fly Before Getting Down to Business
Participants do their best work when they store their baggage before
training begins. Provide balloons for storage. Each participant gets to let
go of some common and some not-so-common concerns: impending deadline; a
rough commute; childrens schedule for day. Any potential stresses will do.
With each suggestion, tell participants to blow into their balloons,
matching the amount of air to the weight of each particular concern.
Conclude by letting participants add some air for any unmentioned concerns.
Ask everyone to hold the air in his or her balloons, but not tie them. They
hold their balloons above their heads, and on your cue, release them. It
creates a lot of noise, and everyone is relaxed and has a laugh. It sets the
tone for the day.
Try these at your training this fall. Use as wake-up calls when meetings get
long or folks need a breather. Have everyone imitate the actions of the
story as the leader reads.
With all the changes in training taking place in the next year or
two...there is bound to be some resistance! Try this to introduce change to
your training team or whomever it makes sense.
Change Agents: Ordinary Stuff Becomes Fun Goo
Most people, when they hear the word change, see negative images. To
illustrate that change doesnt have to be a bad thing, combine several
ingredients----none of them likely to be considered fun by
participants----to create a new substance. The resultant material is so much
fun, participants have trouble putting it down. It is called GAK."
Here is how it is made:
In front of your audience, mix one cup of cold water and one cup of Elmers
school glue. (It has to be Elmers to ensure chemical success.) A clear
mixing bowl works best, so participants can see the project.
Explain that these are ordinary ideas representative of our ordinary daily
thoughts and routines.
Then mix the elements of change ---- one tablespoon of borax in ½ cup very
hot water (if no microwave oven is handy, try heating water on a hot plate
or in a coffee maker). Stir the mixture until the Borax is thoroughly
Finally, pour the change elements into the routine elements. They
instantly transform into a putty-like substance. Its fun to stretch, it
snaps when pulled, it bounces, it squishes between ones fingers and the
whole is nothing like any of its parts.
The lesson: change can bring results that are not only unforeseen, but more
fun than you might have imagined ---- only there is no way to know what the
result will be until you introduce the change agents.
Take A Break! Find ways to give participants a break for a few seconds by
stretching or doing something at their seat.
The traveler stood up;
He looked to the North,
Then he looked to the South,
Then to the East,
And to the West,
Then he turned to the South,
And he turned around to face the East.
Then he stood on tiptoes
To see over his neighbors shoulder.
But he could see nothing.
He felt tired,
So he sat down.
The exerciser stood up tall,
And stretched his arms from wall to wall.
He put his hands way up high,
Then down again beside each thigh.
He put his chin upon his chest,
Then he pulled it far back on his neck to rest.
Then he reached down and touched the ground,
And, then he turned himself once around.
Then, with his hands he touched his feet,
And, then quietly he took his seat.
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