Unforgettable Experiential Activities: An Active Training Resource


From training expert Mel Silberman (the father of the popular and effective active training method) comes Unforgettable Experiential Activities. Mel Silberman's next-step resource is designed for facilitators who want to incorporate Impactful Activities into their trainings. As the author explains, Impactful Activities are at once concrete, dramatic, and unexpected.

Based on best-selling author Mel Silberman's Active Training program, Unforgettable Experiential Activities ...

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From training expert Mel Silberman (the father of the popular and effective active training method) comes Unforgettable Experiential Activities. Mel Silberman's next-step resource is designed for facilitators who want to incorporate Impactful Activities into their trainings. As the author explains, Impactful Activities are at once concrete, dramatic, and unexpected.

Based on best-selling author Mel Silberman's Active Training program, Unforgettable Experiential Activities contains 75 original activities developed and tested during his 40 year career as a training expert. All these dynamic activities have stood the test of time and will help any trainer (novice or well-seasoned professional) engage their learners in active, experiential learning.

As accessible as it is useful, each of the book's activities includes an informative introduction and contains suggestions and techniques for implementing the activities that will ensure success every time. The activities are organized by today's most sought after training topics including leadership and change management, team work and facilitation, creativity, conflict and negotiation, influencing, and communication among others.

Using Mel Silberman's fun, entertaining activities trainers can help their participants develop an understanding of the material presented and have a clearer understanding of how to incorporate the information into their work life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470537145
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,316,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents




Chapter One: Getting Acquainted.

1. Alphabetical Circle: A Fun Way to Learn Names and a Lot More.

2. Group Résumé: Who We Are Collectively.

3. Things We Have in Common: Getting to Know You.

4. Predictions: Making Guesses About Co-Participants.

5. Introductory Go-Arounds: Brief Self-Disclosures.

6. What’s in a Name? My Story.

Chapter Two: Communication.

7. Communication Tokens: An Awareness Exercise.

8. Direct Communication: You Write the Scripts.

9. Explaining Something Complicated: Avoiding Information Dumps.

10. Obtaining Participation: Using Different Formats.

Chapter Three: Assertive Behavior.

11. Concerns About Confronting Employees: Overcoming the Anxiety.

12. Assertive Starters: Ways to Begin an Assertive Message.

13. Non-Verbal Persuasion: Assessing Its Impact.

14. Refusing Unwanted Requests: Practicing Saying No.

15. Stating Complaints and Requesting Change: Skill Practice.

Chapter Four: Influencing Others.

16. Alligator River: Looking at People with Different Glasses.

17. Question First: The Best Way to Overcome Resistance.

18. Influencing Others: Four Role-Play Scenarios.

19. Getting Your Foot in the Door: Avoiding Rejection.

Chapter Five: Conflict and Negotiation.

20. Views of Conflict: A Word Association Game.

21. What You Bring to Conflict Situations: Experiencing Different Styles.

22. The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Challenge: Working Through a Conflict.

23. Role Reversal: Arguing the Flip Side.

24. Rating Methods to Deal with Conflict: Yours and Theirs.

25. Breaking a Stalemate: Steps to Move Forward.

Chapter Six: Creativity and Problem Solving.

26. Getting Ready for Brainstorming: Creative Warm-Ups.

27. Part Changing: Demonstrating a Technique to Increase Creativity.

28. Brainwriting: An Alternative to Generating Ideas Verbally.

29. Inspired Cut-Outs: Freeing the Mind.

30. Wearing Someone Else's Shoes: Taking a Different Perspective.

31. Making Decisions After Brainstorming: Narrowing the Options.

Chapter Seven: Diversity.

32. Being in the Minority: Simulating an Everyday Reality.

33. I've Been Curious: Questions I Have Been Afraid to Ask.

34. Setting the Record Straight: Things About Me and Others Like Me.

35. Unlocking Memories: Self-Disclosures in a Diverse Group.

Chapter Eight: Facilitating Teams.

36. Multi-Voting: A Constructive Way to Make Decisions.

37. Rotating Facilitators: Practicing Effective Facilitation.

38. Card Exchange: A Unique Way to Stimulate Discussion.

39. The Problem with Majority Voting: A Double Whammy.

40. Changing the Rules: Altering Group Process.

41. Removing Egos: A Tool for Team Facilitators.

Chapter Nine: Exchanging Feedback.

42. Animal Metaphors: An Exercise in Obtaining Honest Feedback.

43. Giving Effective Feedback: Wheaties Over Donuts.

44. Judging the Impact of Words: Applications to Giving Feedback.

45. When Asking for or Giving Feedback Is Challenging: Your Advice.

Chapter Ten: Leadership.

46. The Window Shade of Decision Making.

47. Mirroring: Experiencing the Joys and Tribulations of Being a Leader.

48. Going Outside Comfort Zones: Brief Exercises in Change.

49. Changes You Would to Make: Dreaming Beyond the Status Quo.

Chapter Eleven: Teaching and Coaching Employees.

50. Making Butterflies: It's Not What You Say That Counts.

51. Brain-Friendly Teaching: Using Four Key Principles.

52. Building Skills Through Role Plays: You Have Options.

53. The Components of Effective Coaching: Observing the Process.

54. Show But Not Tell: Upping the Stakes.

Chapter Twelve: Understanding Others.

55. Avoiding Labels: Interpreting Behavior Objectively.

56. Be Curious, Not Furious: Five Ways to Understand Others.

57. Comparing Yourself to Others: Looking for Differences and Similarities.

58. The Three C's What Makes People Difficult.

Chapter Thirteen: Sales and Customer Service.

59. A Convincing Sales Presentation: Warm-Up Practice.

60. Dissatisfied Customers: How to Win Them Over.

61. To Consult or Not Consult: Assessing Your Selling Style.

62. Your Company's Sales Philosophy: How Do You Treat Customers?

Chapter Fourteen: Building.

63. The Stages of Team Development: A Card Sorting Activity.

64. Television Commercial: An Unusual Team-Building Activity.

65. Creative House Building: An Exercise in Teamwork.

66. Fishbowl Meeting: Observing Group Process.

67. Making Paper Cups: Simulating a Learning Organization.

68. Are You a Team Player? Things Team Players Do.

69. Paper Airplanes: The Power of Collaboration.

Chapter Fifteen: Train the Trainer.

70. Active Vacations: Topics versus Objectives.

71. Design Challenges: Planning How to Achieve Training Objectives.

72. Energizers: Ways to Wake Up or Relax a Training Group.

73. Has This Ever Happened to You? Making Team Learning Work.

74. Training Styles: Three Continua.

75. You Have Many Options: Increasing Your Training Repertoire.

About the Author.

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