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Making New Friends: Building relationships through communication

Making New Friends: Building relationships through communication

When opposing parties get to the negotiating table, they too often dive into the meat of the deal, and begin arguing for their perspective. We see that in how our government operates today and in how people discuss politics, family matters, work challenges, and more. It’s time to STOP, take a ... Read More
Arm "Wrestle" Exercise

Arm "Wrestle" Exercise

Many years ago, I taught Negotiation and Conflict Resolution with a group called “Conflict Management, Inc.”  They were an offshoot of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Every so often I’m asked, “can you recommend and activity or icebreaker that will help launch a soft-skills... Read More
Emotional Intelligence Activities & Exercises

Emotional Intelligence Activities & Exercises

Coaches and trainers often talk about the importance of developing Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) through a range of emotional intelligence activities and emotional intelligence exercises, but finding the right one for your team can be daunting. We’ve curated the best tools we could find fr... Read More
How to Select a Team Building Game

How to Select a Team Building Game

With all the team building games out there–in books, on blogs, facilitated by consultants, shared in social media–how is one to know what experience is right for their group? The truth is, too many variables exist for there to be any “right answers.” But, hopefully, we ca... Read More
Finding the Best Fidget Toy for YOU

Finding the Best Fidget Toy for YOU

Fidget Spinners have taken the world by storm, but I’m not sure they’re the best option for most people who might benefit from a fidget toy. I put together this “How to Pick the Best Fidget Toy” Infographic to help folks understand the options and select the best “tool... Read More
Icebreakers to start a soft-skills session

Icebreakers to start a soft-skills session

I realize that the phrase “soft-skills” is not a favorite term for many trainers who teach these “essential skills.” For now, however, rather than focusing on semantics, I want to pass along some icebreakers that folks in our community have shared with me. Imagining Success T... Read More
How do you promote core values in your company?

How do you promote core values in your company?

YFS Magazine (Young, Fabulous and Self-employed) ran an article not too long ago on “100 Core Values from 15 Winning Companies.” They looked at a range of companies, including Zappos, Toms Shoes, Whole Foods, Accenture, Teach for America, Rackspace, A Weber, Barnes & Noble, Google, American ... Read More
15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling

15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling

I’m a happy person, a glass-half-full, an optimist. So when I see an article about the benefits of smiling, I can’t help but smile myself. Smiling seems so core to a positive workplace, effective customer service, and successful training. 7 Interesting Facts about Smiling Smiles use 5 to... Read More
Game show Buzzers

Game show Buzzers

Game show buzzers are great for eliminating classroom brawls over who gets to answer a question first. Stand-alone buzzers: use with game show software or alone for any impromptu classroom questioning activity.  Light or number monitor indicate “winning” team Software required buzzer:  buzzer ... Read More
Teambuilding Activities

Teambuilding Activities

I’ve been drawing from a variety of discussions on LinkedIN to build this collection of team building activities. I’ll continue to add to it, as I read more!  UPDATED on 11/20/17 Team Directions Challenge Break the class up into teams of 3 each (4 max), making sure to mix up people from... Read More