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Survey says . . . attendees prefer toys!

Several years ago, Garry Platt, a Learning & Development Specialist at EEF Ltd.,  posed the question. He presented two training tables–one with a smattering of fidget toys; and one without.  He asked, simply, “A or B?” then posted his results on LinkedIN – A or B?. The responses speak for themselves! People prefer toys!

75% Prefer Toys on the Tables

The question was simple: you’re attending a training event, you enter the room, which table layout would you prefer: A or B?

When the study was conducted on LinkedIN, 907 people have responded.

  • 127 (14%) Voted A, the room on the left. No materials just pens, name plates and pads.
  • 680 (75%) Voted B, the room on the right. Materials, pens name plates and pads.
  • 100 (11%) Gave a qualified answer or expressed no definite choice.

Create a Welcoming Environment

Platt’s informal study reinforces the notion that appearances matter. When learners walk into a room, they want to see a space that’s clean, but also fun. Not sure you agree, consider the quintessential kindergarten classroom. Teachers work hard to create a welcoming environment that will put students at ease. The key is finding a balance between calm and stimulating; fun and professional. But, at the end of the day, remember, that most people “prefer toys”!


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