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Getting Started With Softskills Games


Are you ever unsure about what training games to use in your sessions? I understand where you may be coming from. For many softskills trainers, the one or two games that work become the only ones used.

Understandable, if they work - well, they work. The only challenge is … there are many others that could offer more for you. So, today I want to talk about training games. In particular, how and when you should use them.

We also include below, a free business training games guide with practical examples.

Understanding why we use games

Some new business trainers and managers can be unfamiliar at the thought of using icebreakers. But the simplest way to implement them is to think about why you are using them. Icebreakers:

Facilitate Introductions
Assist Group Formation
Facilitate Introductions
Introduce Topics, Concepts Or Themes
Prepare Participants For Learning
Energize The Group Games are generally used at any stage in the training event.

Most opening activity games should last around ten to fifteen minutes. It is important that all participants are comfortable with the training game, even though the exercise may challenge them.

Choosing training games

There are many issues that need to be considered when choosing an icebreaker for you training event. These include:

Rationale/Goals It is always essential that the game chosen reflects the rationale and goals of the training event.
Experience It is also crucial that it has been tried and tested on others and that as a trainer you are familiar with all aspects of the activity.
Audience Consider who the audience is? Are they there as a group or as individuals? What are the participants ability levels?
Challenge
Have they completed the game before?
Connection To The Training Event The trainer must also ensure that the training game ‘connects’ to a point in the training event. To illustrate, an energizer activity is best used after a break period than before the break!

Structure of the activity

For some trainers, they need a quick, simple way to get the session moving. The way to do this is to consider how you will the structure of activity. This will depend on:

The number of participants involved.
Time required - do you have enough time to complete the task?
Place - where the activity will take place?
Permission - participants should be allowed to choose not to participate.
Tone – What tone does the activity set with the group.
Opportunity to include learning points for the training event.
Opportunity to ask questions.

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