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Interview Skills 4 - Interview Practice 27/03/2015
90
Interview Skills 4 - Interview Practice

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 60 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 80-90 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help job applicants prepare for an interview.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 15 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels especially those returning to work after a career break or job seekers. This module may also be used as a framework for 1:1 coaching sessions.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This is the fourth module in the series on Interview Skills. It may be used as a stand-alone session or as the follow-on to the module, Interview Skills 3 - Ten Tough Questions. If time is available, run a further interview practice after reviewing the first round of interviews.




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Pirate Challenge - Tough Negotiations and Creative Thinking (NEW VERSION) 20/03/2015
135
Pirate Challenge - Tough Negotiations and Creative Thinking (NEW VERSION)

Time:
This game can be played in about 60-90 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 105-135 minutes.

Aims:
• Raise awareness of the importance of a clear strategy and a shared understanding of their team’s needs and priorities.
• Show participants the importance of working effectively together to agree on a strategy, allocate roles and trust one another to complete their allocated tasks.
• Test participants’ influence and persuasion skills and their ability to think creatively during negotiations.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Influence and persuasion, negotiation, conflict resolution, strategic thinking, creativity, teamwork and attention to detail.

Group Size:
You need a minimum of 8 participants for this exercise (4 teams of 2) but 16 is better (4 teams of 4) and more is better still as you can go on adding more teams or increasing the size of the teams slightly. In fact this exercise is ideal if you have a very large group – for example, 50 participants could be split into 10 teams of 5.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
Each team will need:
• A separate area (ideally a separate room).
• A supply of card and/or newspaper.
• A small amount of modelling clay.
• A ball of string.
• Sticky tape.
• Scissors.
• A ruler.
• Toy money to the value of 270 doubloons of various denominations.
• A small roll of kitchen foil.
• A team brief and a supply of sales ledger sheets, which can be downloaded from Trainers’ Library.

You will need:
• A separate meeting area.
• A bell.
• A stopwatch or watch.
• Spare doubloons.
• A prize for the winning team.

Note:
A kit containing some of the materials needed for this exercise is available from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
The exercise will typically take about 60 minutes to run but you will need to allow up to 90 minutes if none of the teams fully complete a new ship.

Pirate Challenge is a hands-on exercise that is designed to test a number of skills and behaviours including influence, persuasion and negotiation, conflict resolution, strategic thinking, teamwork and attention to detail.

For this exercise, the more teams you have, the better, as a greater number of teams increases the trading options available to each team, making this exercise ideal for events where you are working with very large groups. For example, 50 people could be split into 10 teams of 5.

Attention to Detail Word Search 18/03/2015
15
Attention to Detail Word Search

Time:
We suggest allowing participants about 15 minutes to complete the puzzle.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about and remember key learning points relating to attention to detail.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of any size.

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop that focuses on attention to detail.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This Word Search contains key learning points, rather than key words, so as well as providing an interesting icebreaker option, it can be used as the basis for an effective review exercise.

Business Planning Word Search 18/03/2015
15
Business Planning Word Search

Time:
We suggest allowing participants about 15 minutes to complete the puzzle.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about and remember key learning points relating to business planning.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of any size.

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop that focuses on business planning.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This Word Search contains key learning points, rather than key words, so as well as providing an interesting icebreaker option, it can be used as the basis for an effective review exercise.

Business Writing Word Search 18/03/2015
15
Business Writing Word Search

Time:
We suggest allowing participants about 15 minutes to complete the puzzle.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about and remember key learning points relating to business writing.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of any size.

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop that focuses on business writing.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This Word Search contains key learning points, rather than key words, so as well as providing an interesting icebreaker option, it can be used as the basis for an effective review exercise.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity Word Search 18/03/2015
15
Equal Opportunities and Diversity Word Search

Time:
We suggest allowing participants about 15 minutes to complete the puzzle.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about and remember key learning points relating to equal opportunities and diversity.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of any size.

Useful For:
Anyone attending a course or workshop that focuses on diversity and equality.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This Word Search contains key learning points, rather than key words, so as well as providing an interesting icebreaker option, it can be used as the basis for an effective review exercise.

Interview Skills 3 - Ten Tough Questions 17/03/2015
60
Interview Skills 3 - Ten Tough Questions

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 60 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help job applicants prepare for an interview.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 15 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels, especially those returning to work after a career break or job seekers. This module may also be used as a framework for 1:1 coaching sessions.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This is the third in the series of modules on Interview Skills. It may be used for a stand-alone session or as the follow-on to Interview Skills 2- What Will They Ask Me?




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Hold The Front Page! (NEW VERSION) 13/03/2015
150
Hold The Front Page! (NEW VERSION)

Time:
This game can be played in about 90 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 150 minutes.

Aims:
• Show participants the importance of effective communication when working together under pressure.
• Test participants’ abilities to:
  - Quickly assimilate and share information effectively.
  - Prioritise and manage changing priorities.
• Raise awareness of how critical effective project management and planning skills are when dealing with fast-changing situations.
• Highlight the need for a clear process when making decisions quickly.
• Understand the importance of building credibility through concise, clear, accurate communication that has the recipient in mind.
• Allow participants to practise or demonstrate their leadership skills, managing a project, delegating responsibility and encouraging and motivating fellow participants.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Team skills, planning and project management skills, writing skills, attention to detail, leadership and time management.

Group Size:
This exercise works best when you have at least 2 teams competing to produce the best front page. Each team should have a minimum of 3 and, ideally, a maximum of 6 participants.

Useful For:
Supervisors and managers or anyone involved in project work.

You'll Need:
• Each team will need a separate area in which to work.
• Each participant will need access to a computer/laptop (with MS Word or equivalent installed) and a printer (one printer can be shared by all teams).
• Each team will need access to a phone. If there is a telephone in the room that they are working in, use this. Otherwise, you could ask one member of each team to keep their mobile phone on – as long as you’re sure they won’t get real work calls.
• Teams will need access to pens, notepaper, scissors and glue.
• Each team will need one sheet of flipchart paper. (Keep some spare sheets handy in case of need.)

Notes:
Hold the Front Page! can be used to asses and develop a whole range of skills including team skills, planning and project management skills, writing skills, attention to detail, leadership and time management.

We think that four in a team for this exercise is better than six, so if you have twelve participants, we’d recommend creating three teams of four. If you have teams of three, you may wish to allow participants an extra 15 minutes to complete the exercise, as time will be particularly tight.