You can incorporate these exercises into your training and development events. Think carefully about when to use them and why.

  • Appreciations Exercise

    This is a positive and energising way to end a workshop. It gives everybody a lift and something to treasure.

  • Cultural Awareness Exercise

    This simple exercise helps people understand and value their own and others' cultures. They also appreciate that they can learn from each other.

  • Happiness Exercise

    Sharing stories about happy times is simple and make you happier.

  • Idea Ping Pong – a simple way to get ideas to flow

    You simply take turns producing ideas. You encourage and model building on ideas, not criticising them. The article has a worked example on improving a meeting.

  • Lifeline

    Use this to help someone think about his/her life and the peak experiences that give it meaning. The exercise can be very useful to build a group or team when people want to build trust and mutual understanding.

  • Self and Peer Assessment

    Self and Peer Assessment is a robust and easy way to improve communication and performance in any team.

  • Strength Building exercise

    This simple exercise can have a profound positive effect on people's confidence in themselves and each other. Joy Knudson describes how she used it to help young mother's grow in self esteem and mutual trust.

  • Team Building using Lego

    This is an enjoyable, practical exercise with potential for learning about using resources, listening, assumptions, learning from experience and creative thinking.