Monday, October 24, 2005

Training Games -2

4. How sharp are you?
To encourage partipants to read carefully, and to search for "hidden
wrinkles" that distinguish simplistic answers; to simulate participants to be
alert to tiny details and assumptions that hold the key to success.
Present the "How sharp are you" quiz to them, allowing a very tight
time limit (3 minutes). Before you present the correct answers to them, ask
them how many had the incorrect answer for each question. Then present
the answers to them and lead the discussion.
Discussion Questions:
• What factors caused you to err?
• How might those factors affect your work performance?
• What can you do to control such factors?
Materials: Handouts of questions.
Time: 10-15 minutes

How sharp are you?
1. Being very tired, a child went to bed at 7:00 o'clock at night. The child
had a morning piano lesson, and therefore set the morning alarm clock to ring
at 8:45. How many hours and minutes of sleep could the child get?
2. Some months like October have 31 days. Only February has precisely 28
(except in a leap year). How many months have 30 days?
3. A farmer had 18 pigs and all but 7 died. How many were left?
4. Divide 50 by 1/3 and add 7. What is the answer?
5. What four words appear on every denomination of US currency?
6. If a physician gave you 5 pills and told you to take 1 every half hour, how
long would your supply last?
7. If you had only one match and entered a cold, dimly lit room where there
was a kerosene lamp, an oil heater and a wood burning stove, which would you
light first?
8. Two women play checkers. They play 5 games without a draw game and
each woman wins the same number of games. How can this be?
9. What word is mispelled in this test?
1. 1 hour and 45 minutes
2. 11 months (all except February)
3. 7 pigs
4. 157
5. United States of America or IN God we trust
6. 2 hours
7. The match
8. They are not playing each other
9. Mispelled is misspelled

5. Know Your Customer

To stimulate participants to use their brains; to serve as an icebreaker
exercise or warm-up; to accent the 'wealth' that exists in
customers if participants will just look for it.
Identify a key word that is relevant to your training program or
central theme of the workshop or presentation. An example could be the
usage of word "Customer" for illustration. Indicate to the group that their
task, working alone, is to identify as many legitimate words as they can from
the letters available to them, using each only once. Ask them to make two
predictions - the number of words they can individually identify, and the
word score of the highest producer. Then give them a tight time limit (E.G. 5
minutes) and set them loose on the task.
Discussion Questions:
• How many words did you predict you'd find? How does your own
performance expectation compare to the expectations others held
for themselves?
• Did you exceed your expectations, or fall short? Why?
• How many words did you predict could be found? How does this
compare to the actual total?
• How do you explain the actual results?
• What does this exercise illustrate to you? (Are "Customers" a rich
source of information?
Materials: An appropriate word
Time: 5-10 minutes
us ore or
ort use user
rest rut rot
rote rose cot
cost cote come
comer comes course
cut cur core
corset court sum
some sore sot
sour set tomes
tome tore more
to me must
mouse met tour
most toes costumercustom costume

6. Give me a hand!

To project participants' future successes by applying concepts
learned at real world jobs.
Towards the end of the session, tell participants they are about to
take an imaginary journey one year hence. Ask them to close their eyes and
visualize that they are all right back in this very room for a VIP Awards
Banquet. The winners are being recognized for skills and concepts learned
and successfully applied over the past year (since attending this programme).
Each participant will receive grand prize, and their acceptance speech will
detail the things they did this last year to win the award. Ask them to open
their eyes and write out 2-3 paragraphs of important elements that they will
use in that acceptance speech. Call on several volunteers - as time permits -
to hear their speeches. Ask the groups to applaud wildly after each of the
presentations. If you wish, you may also go to a speciality paper products
store and pick up a supply of inexpensive "Grand Prize" ribbons to distribute
to the "Winners".
Discussion Questions:
• What are the central themes (topics) that received multiple
mention in the acceptance speeches?
• What is the significance of the variety of items that were
• How many of you will commit, right now, to write a letter one year
form today indicating your actual use of items from this workshop?
Materials:Time: 10-15 minutes

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