Numerous business training designs are constrained by convention. The trainer plans a session based upon what, literally, needs to be taught. We urge you to consider that state that you often want to create in the participants – enthusiasm, curiosity, confidence, creativity, etc. If you want to create such states, or similar states, then you must be creative rather than just conventional in design.
Here are some examples of creative elements that we have included into our training programmes in the past and which have worked well with the group:
- Teaching the group how to juggle - This activity brings a kinaesthetic element to the programme to support many messages and it can be used in short bursts throughout the day to reinforce messages. These include ‘learning can be fun’, ‘awareness about the right thing improves performance’ and ‘I can improve quickly’
- Use of film clips – These can be used individually or as a theme throughout the day. More often than not your training can link to a theme, even a metaphor. This allows you the opportunity to use film clips to arouse humour and variety or the ability to demonstrate credibility or practical application of concepts you are teaching. An example of this is a clip we used of Bill Clinton in a programme to demonstrate the body language of effective influence
- Quizzes – Create quizzes to provide another opportunity during the day to bring fun to your training. Being creative in this area might include coming up with company specific questions to broaden knowledge or using lateral thinking questions to engage more creative and less analytical thinking
- Karate board breaking – Although we admit that this is quite dramatic, it is something that is easy to do and incredibly powerful as a metaphor for breaking down beliefs that hold you back. This often links with programmes around aspects of performance and skills development
- Team challenges – Often used as initial icebreakers, challenges that allow groups of participants to work together, problem solve or have an element of competition can be fun, relevant and effective.
Do you have anything to add to our list? What has worked well for you in the past? We would love to hear from you.