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Draw on the best-of-the-best work team activities and exercises to make learning more innovative, effective, and fun. Experiential training events are one of the best ways to create long-term, memorable learning. Moreover, workplace team-building activities draw participants out of their everyday tasks. Separating workers from their daily duties can reflect non-judgmentally on their inherent tendencies, roles, communication styles, leadership techniques, and more.

Activities for Onboarding & Orientation

September seems to be “the” season for onboarding and orientation. Grade schools, universities, and corporations welcome new students and new employees. Those of us who celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, in the early Fall are also accustomed to celebrating the harvest and time ... Read More
Training Closers to end a Learning Day

Training Closers to end a Learning Day

Training closers can be make-it or break-it experiences. I asked my LinkedIN crew for their suggestions on the best ways to close a learning event for maximum impact and retention. As always, the group came through, sharing their favorite training closers for getting closure at the end of a training... Read More
Popular Board Games used for Content Training

Popular Board Games used for Content Training

While everyone is out shopping for gifts and toys for the holidays, I thought this a good time to resurface the answers to Angela’s Hannon’s Linked-IN question, “has anyone used board games in a creative way to train on content?” Not surprisingly, she received a slew of creat... Read More

Creating a Memorable Debrief

Several years ago, I attended a two-day marketing conference. At the end, a colleague asked: “So, what are your top takeaways?” Exhausted from sitting, listening, and learning, my brain was so overloaded, I couldn’t quickly gather my thoughts to provide an answer. Compared to confe... Read More
6 Brain-Science Principles  in Learning that Every Trainer Must Know

6 Brain-Science Principles in Learning that Every Trainer Must Know

It’s not brain surgery. These 6 brain-science principles for learning, developed by Sharon Bowman, should be used by every trainer and teacher, every day. Period. What’s really cool is that the dozens of active learning techniques explained here can be applied to live or virtual training... Read More
Change Management Exercises & Activities

Change Management Exercises & Activities

Several weeks ago, I asked the folks in our new Trainers Community, “What’s your greatest professional challenge?” From the dozens of replies, a single theme emerged: CHANGE. I suppose this won’t come as a surprise to anyone. The training industry has changed as profoundly as eve... 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
Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Have you come across a Photo Deck or other set of Conversation Cards recently? You know those decks of innumerable glorious and provocative images? Perhaps you’ve seen them and wondered what use they might be. Photo Decks are popular for their huge variety of applications, especially as conver... Read More

Leadership Activities for Challenging Times

Leading a company or any group is hard during “normal” times. The challenge is exponentially more difficult now, as we face the pandemic, political polarization, social unrest, and economic crisis. Every magazine I’ve read recently offers tips for leaders — share your sense o... Read More

Active Listening Exercises Galore!

While our library of Communication and Listening Exercises is quite comprehensive, Active Listening is a critical subcategory worthy of deeper exploration. Active listening isn’t just nodding to the speaker. Active listening happens when you’re completely focused on the speaker, taking i... Read More


Subsequent to any training or learning game, groups should take time to reflect. A thorough debrief should cover a range of topics, including how: the game dynamics made participants feel, strategies created unanticipated roadblocks, and communication styles led to success. At the end of the debrief, the group should reflect on how their game experience mirrors the "real world.”


Beyond work team activities, Trainers Warehouse WorkSMART blog curates best-in-class games for a myriad of workplace learning goals. Whether trainers are looking for communication and listening games, active listening games, time management activities, stress management exercises, assertiveness, or negotiations games, Trainers Warehouse has you covered. You’ll find tons of games -- for purchase and free -- along with excellent facilitation notes and training tips. Understand how to conduct and debrief the workplace team building activities and other soft-skills exercises to maximize organizational growth and learning.


Trainers Warehouse has been committed to curating and developing tools to improve corporate training for over 30 years. No matter what topic you teach, Trainers Warehouse work team activities, fidget toys, game buzzers, and dry-erase resources allow trainers to make their delivery more impactful, memorable, and fun. Their innovative, creative resources promise to make trainers look and perform at their best. While they offer tons of favorite training tools for sale at, the WorkSMART blog is free and chock full of amazing tips and techniques.