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Training Games: More than Just Fun

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Experiential Learning, Collaboration, Team Building
Hands-on training games are an excellent way to engage participants, make learning active, bring real group dynamics to the surface in a "safe" environment, and drive home key points. Whether you choose to use them as stand-alone learning tools, or as part of a larger training initiative, training games can generate quality results when used properly. But not all training games are created equal. Before you add a training game to your curriculum, consider these points:
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Why Do You Hit it Off with Some People, but Not Others?

It may be that you have different Neurolinguistic styles. While we all use our senses, everyone has an unconscious lean towards one channel over another. This is called Neurolinguistic Programming or NLP. We don’t just use this preference when taking in information, it also influences the way we organize it in our heads, and how we communicate that sensory information to others around us. 
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Learning to Play. Playing to Learn.

Positive buzz, measurable results, and improved performance top every trainer’s wish list. It’s also the key to getting management buy-in and achieving professional success. But you won’t get there with lecture-style training or e-learning programs where rows of chairs face forward or the only activity taking place is the clicking of a mouse.
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Simulation as a Diagnostic Tool

There are many factors in successful teamwork. When conflicts arise, or performance declines, it’s not always simple to find the root of the problem. What – at first glance – may seem to be an indecipherable problem might become very clear in the context of a simulation. By taking our everyday habits into a simulation, we highlight the ways we act as a team in a safe environment, where skills can be measured in without jeopardizing an actual team project.
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Active Training Resources for Experiential Learning

Everyone has their own learning style. The trainer's challenge is to provide effective training across all styles – and we believe the solution is Experiential Learning activities.
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