Getting Started With Training Games

Getting Started With Training Games

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If you’re involved in training others there is always pressure to find innovative great training games.

But, it can be often difficult for time starved business skills trainers to continually come up with new options.

Often, familiar games can be seen as always better in terms of accuracy and efficiency.

Of course, there’s plenty of room for new examples, but don’t be tempted by just rehashing what might have worked in the past.

For almost all trainers, good old fashioned creative ideas, armed with some solid examples, are still the best solution.

As for the benefits of creating new options they are large. And, don’t get worried by the time that you may need to apply.

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, like you, 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 and 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: As the trainer, you 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

Experienced trainers will tell you that they need a quick and simple ways 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.

We are please to let you download our complete training games guide with practical examples that can be used in all your training sessions.

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I am the CEO and a founder of Oak Innovation. Oak Innovation products are designed for HR professionals, leaders, managers, coaches and anyone involved in training staff. Every slide, every manual, and every guide is created to provide you with the content required to deliver better courses.