Presentation Skills Icebreakers and Energisers

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Presentation skills are an everyday requirement and the ability to present information clearly and effectively is key to getting your message across. Participants will discover that delivering an inspirational or captivating presentation requires a lot of planning and preparation.

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Creatively Speaking
20
Creatively Speaking

Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To give participants an opportunity to practice speaking in front of others, with a particular emphasis on the skills needed to think quickly.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• A set of the Creatively Speaking Cards (one card per participant).
• Blu-tac.
• A stopwatch.

Stopwatches can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
The timings suggested are for a group of up to 10 participants. Larger groups will need more time.

Horror and Happy Ever After Stories - Sharing Experiences
30
Horror and Happy Ever After Stories - Sharing Experiences

Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To provide an opportunity for participants to share good and bad experiences.
• To gather real-life examples that can be referred to throughout the training.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

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

Notes:
Our thanks to Buffy Sparks for her help in writing this icebreaker.

This exercise can be adapted to training on almost any topic, including, for example, sales, performance management, negotiation, change.




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Just Beat It - Misinterpretations in Communication
15
Just Beat It - Misinterpretations in Communication

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 5 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 15 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the dangers of making assumptions about others' knowledge when communicating.
• To recognise situations where the recipient might not interpret our message in the way we intended.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size.

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




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One Man Brand - How Images Add Impact to Our Message
20
One Man Brand - How Images Add Impact to Our Message

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants get to know each other.
• To encourage participants to think about their personal ‘brand’.
• To understand the power of images to convey messages.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of any size.

You'll Need:
• Blank name tent cards and pens for your participants.
A selection of Mr Sketch Scented Flipchart Markers can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
If using this icebreaker in very large groups ask participants to work in small teams and introduce themselves to those team members rather than the whole group.




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Presentation Skills - Icebreaker
20
Presentation Skills - Icebreaker

Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to start thinking about what makes an effective presentation.
• To identify the things to avoid in presentations.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
• Flipchart paper and pens.
A selection of Mr Sketch Scented Flipchart Markers can be purchased from Trainers' Market.




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Seeing Things Differently - When Messages get Lost in Translation
15
Seeing Things Differently - When Messages get Lost in Translation

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 10 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 15 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To introduce different styles of information gathering.
• To help participants recognise that we all have a different viewpoint or perspective.
• To understand the importance for trainers/presenters to be aware of how their messages may be perceived.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• A single apple (or other type of fruit) for your participants to see.




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The Paper Folding Exercise - Visual Communication
10
The Paper Folding Exercise - Visual Communication

Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 10 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To show the importance of giving information visually as well as orally.
• To demonstrate how different people will interpret the same information differently.

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

You'll Need:
• Two sheets of A4 paper for each participant (and for you too).

Notes:
We’d like to thank Mick Duncan of CWT-Chamber Training for contributing the idea for this exercise.




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True or False? - Persuasive Communication
20
True or False? - Persuasive Communication

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 15 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To identify techniques that can make our spoken communication more influential.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 10 participants.

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

Notes:
This exercise can be run with more participants, but additional time will be needed.




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