Out of the box

This is a quick moving energiser that you can use with any group size. Create a list of 25 random words (something like this one here) and give one word to each person in the group. If it’s a small group, you might like to give two words to each person. The group forms a… Continue Reading

Training across cultures

According to OMT Global’s article, training designed to be delivered to participants from multiple cultures needs to: 1. use simple language, avoiding acronyms and double meanings, and 2. have a modular structure that can flex and adapt to the learning style of the participants. Needless to say, it’s vital to plan well in advance.   Continue Reading

“Schwein gehabt” in English?

We know it’s not easy to translate idioms into another language. So how can we explain these well-known German idioms? Schwein gehabt! Er hat nicht alle Tassen im Schrank. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. Ich habe die Nase voll. Da ist Hopfen und Malz verloren. Schönen Feierabend. Es ist mir Wurst. Ich drücke… Continue Reading

Let your worries go

Duration: 30 minutes Objective: This opener helps identify participants’ worries and fears about the training topic or the training itself. Instructions: Ask participants to ‘privately’ write down their worries and fears about the training topic or training itself. Ask if anyone would like to share these with the group (of course, they don’t have to). If you… Continue Reading

Classify This

Collect at least 20 different objects and put them in the middle of a table or on the floor. The wider the selection, the better. (You can take office supplies, jewellery, toys, game pieces, and so on.) The goal is to collect items that, at first glance, have no apparent connection. Break the team into… Continue Reading

How to explain German proverbs

Perhaps you have a favourite proverb that you often use in your training sessions or workshops. Something like “Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold”. Would you be able to explain it to an English-speaking audience? The Deutsche Welle presents a collection of some of the most well-known proverbs – with some original illustrations and wonderful… Continue Reading