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This top twenty is revised annually. It is interesting to look out for trends from year to year. There are always several collections of team activities in the top twenty: books with lots of activities and a low price tag seem to sell best of all. (But there are plenty of smart buyers around who avoid books with poor reviews - simply collecting lots of activities is not enough to sell a book.) However, this year many of the new entries and fast climbers belong to a different category - which I would call 'easy to read guides' to the skills of facilitating groups and workshops.
For example, Zen of Groups has climbed 7 places to the top spot, and a new entry at 19 is 'Once Upon a Group' which has been around since the 1980's and is still, in my view, the best book to read when first working with groups. Perhaps No. 20 is the start of a new trend - it is one of a series of student workbooks on emotional intelligence. The trend? Buying books for participants as well as for the facilitator??
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| Good stuff for novice and experienced group leaders. I saw
this book being used by a trainer I was working with, and had to buy
It covers all types of groups, from a bunch of friends coming together to arrange a holiday away, to experienced therapeutic groups. The authors forgo the normal forming, storming etc in favour of a more sophisticated model of group development, and then elegantly show how this model can apply to all groups. ...
This is a powerful text, suitable for all levels, with stuff you will want to read over and over again. If you only buy one "group" book, get this one...
(Reviewed by firstname.lastname@example.org) See Stephen Pridgeon's full review.
|Synopsis: This guide offers 50 proven exercises any manager can use without spending lots of money. These group activities are designed with the non-trainer in mind. It features a special chapter on troubleshooting and dealing with unexpected difficulties in team-building. (Amazon.co.uk)|
|Synopsis: The activities in "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" are designed to develop interpersonal skills as well as motor skills. These 22 Outward Bound-type tasks challenge students to work together to achieve a common goal. They aim to teach students to value teamwork, practise leadership skills, improve listening skills, and appreciate individual differences. The activities in "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" are broken down into three levels - introductory, intermediate, and advanced. These levels make the challenges ideal for students in primary and secondary schools. (Synopsis continued at amazon.co.uk)|
|Synopsis: A collection of over 40
motivational games and exercises designed for use in any organization.
The games are based on a "competencies" approach to teaching
motivational skills, the principle behind them being "skill, not will".
They can be used to motivate the individual or the whole team. Topics
include: games to overcome procrastination; games for when your energy
is low; games to help you achieve personal or team goals; games for
inspiring peak performance; games for salespeople; games to motivate
chronic underperforming employees; and games to help you overcome
anxiety and the fear of failure. (amazon.co.uk)
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|Review: At last - a clear guide to communication without
the gimmick. This book has become an invaluable guide in our training
department, where we were having to take a "one size fits all" approach
to dealing with individuals with diverse needs due to the cost of
sending our team on expensive networking and communications training -
none of which covered the broad range of issues we needed. Tizzard's
style is refreshingly staighforward and non-jargonistic, without being
patronising. The layout lent itself well to my flick and find method of
researching (hurrah) and has obviously been written by a seasoned
practitioner as well as intelligent theoretician. (from a reviewer at
Review: No quicker way of bringing a spark to your training sessions. When designing your training sessions one of the keys to success is hooking in your delegates straight away. This pocketbook may be small, but is crammed with excellent ideas on how to grab the group and set the scene. Unlike other icebreaker books I've seen, the authors of this one have gone one step further and grouped them under common course headings. So under "Communication" there are 10 activities for you to choose from! (from another reviewer at Amazon.co.uk)
| Book Description: From the author of the bestselling
Basic Training for Trainers comes this lively, inventive collection of
instructional aids that are perfect for developing abilities in
communication, teamwork, perception skills, and more. Simulations,
role-plays, and exercises can be dramatically enhanced using these
games. Each game is self-contained and provides all the necessary
instruction and materials. (amazon.co.uk)
see customer reviews at amazon.co.uk
|Synopsis Have you ever wondered how it is that two people faced with the same set of circumstances can produce opposite results? How some people seem to be able to achieve more whilst still remaining cool, calm and collected? There are people who just seem to have life sorted out the way they want it. We may refer to the more successful people as lucky but in fact Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) shows it's nothing to do with luck and everything to do with how we think. NLP is a powerful set of tools for making things happen for you at work and in life. Now Brilliant NLP makes mastering the techniques of NLP easy how it works, and more importantly how to use it to become more effective, efficient, powerful and successful. The potential is already there, inside you. This book shows you how to unleash it on the world! DON'T BE GOOD, BE BRILLIANT. (Amamzon.co.uk)|
|Product Description: You’ve been asked to run a
training session, workshop or meeting. What you need now is a foolproof
making it both memorable and enjoyable to run – and to know that
what you are doing will achieve the
desired outcome and have lasting positive effects on your team.
Anyone who has ever endured 'death by powerpoint' or a dry 'chalk and talk' session knows how not to do it, but how do you make sure that you get it right?
This interactive guide is designed especially for busy managers - people whose main role is not training – and will take you through a simple step-by-step process that results in stimulating, fun and effective workshops and presentations.
Just some of the many scenarios the book will help you tackle include:
|Product Description: Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is one of the fastest growing developments in applied psychology. This handbook describes in simple terms what gifted people do differently, and enables the reader to learn these patterns of excellence. This approach gives the practical skills used by outstanding communicators. Excellent communication is the basis of creating excellent results. The purpose of NLP is to increase personal choice - it provides powerful and elegant tolls for change in a changing world. NLP skills are proving invaluable for personal development and counselling, education and business. This book includes: how to create rapport with others; influencing skills; understanding and using body language; how to think about and achieve the results the reader wants; the art of adding key questions; effective meetings, negotiations and selling; accelerated learning strategies; how to run one's nervous system. This book won the 1991 prize for the best book on hypnotherapy and related topics from the British Council of Hypnotist Examiners. (Amazon.co.uk)|
|Book Description: 107 interactive games and
activities can be found in the pages of this easy-to-use book. Each
game is fun, experiential, easy to lead, unique, and requires minimal
resources. With 65 team challenges and 42 activities that help any team
get to know one another, become comfortable with each other, and open
up, there is something for every group. If you work with youth,
corporate groups, therapy groups, church groups, scouts, families,
school groups, sports teams, at camp, or with any other group who must
work together you will find helpful games and activities in this fun,
energetic, and purposeful book! (amazon.com)
Also see More Team-Building Activities for Every Group by the same author (below)
|Before you buy, be sure to read these
mostly critical reviews at Amazon.co.uk
Synopsis: A collection of games and activities designed to liven up departmental meetings and build morale. Each game builds team spirit, communication and trust among people who work together. The 70 games are designed for the manager who's looking to:
|Product Description: The 'facilitraining rainbow' won't lead you to a pot of gold but it will enable you to decide on the most suitable approach for your next facilitation session. This innovative decision-making model is central to "The Facilitator's Pocketbook" - a comprehensive guide covering all stages of facilitation, from planning through to implementation. Interpersonal skills (including attitudes and values) and session skills (including energising and problem solving) are dealt with at length. This second edition contains significant new material, notably the addition of a detailed case study and examples of six typical facilitation sessions. Many of the illustrations have been updated as well. (Amazon.co.uk)|
| Book Description
By adopting accelerated learning principles you can teach in a way that
maximises your students' chances of reaching their potential. This
pocketbook offers paractical strategies and techniques that get results.
After outlining the background to accelerated learning, Brin Best explains how to prepare your students for learning and how to create the right learning environment. A chapter on teaching strategies covers questioning techniques and styles of teaching & learning, with suggested activities helpfully linked to each of the multiple intelligences as identified by Howard Gardner. A detailed self-evaluation framework serves as a tool to help you review and develop practice. (see the excellent reviews at Amazon.co.uk)
This handbook pulls together for the first time both the theory and the
practice of experiential learning and all types of learning that employ
activity-based experience. Based on sound theoretical underpinning, and
making full use of examples and guidance for successful implementation,
"Experiential Learning" enables readers to unlease some of the more
potent ingredients of learning through experience. "Everything that can
possibly provide, or affect, a learning experience, is discussed: most
theories of learning, and every conceivable way to interest learners in
an activity...Even very accomplished developers who prepare learning
experiences for all types of learners, from grade level classes through
executive seminars can undoubtedly find many ideas to expand the design
options upon which they can draw." - "Leadership and Organisational
Development Journal," previously known as "The Power of Experiential
|Product Description: Looking for ways to challenge participants, promote teamwork and initiate problem-solving? This text offers 15 activities to help primary students build self-confidence and improve interpersonal relationships. The activities encourage participants to interact verbally and physically, struggle, deal with failure, persevere and work together to master problems. In the process the student should learn valuable teamwork and appreciate individual differences, practice leadership skills and improve listening skillls. Chapters 1 and 2 describe team building and tell how to praise and encourage children and teach them to carry out specific roles on a team. The book explains to teachers the importance of incorporating problem solving activities into physical education; how to organize the challenges in a curriculum; how to assign specific roles; and how to adapt games for special children and situations. The remaining chapters introduce challenges at three different levels - introductory, intermediate and advanced. Diagrams show exactly how equipment should be set up and photos illustrate how other participants have worked each challenge. Cards are also included that explain the challenges and may be copied and laminated for use. (Amazon.co.uk)|
|Synopsis: This toolkit of facilitation techniques should provide readers with all they need to develop and hone their facilitation skills. Complete with case studies of the techniques in action the book covers traditional techniques and many new approaches such as the use of music, drama and storytelling. (Amazon.co.uk)|
How to get groups to work with one another within any business
Extracts from the Back Cover: ... this book will give you the insight, tools and resources you need to help your group work easily and more effectively together. ... provides an in-depth examination of the art of intervention ... the toolkit includes facilitative designs for workshops, meetings, projects and evaluations; facilitative processes of being with a group, working with other individuals, keeping sight of the group's vision and goals, empowerment, identity, role playing and more. Plus, a Facilitators' Training Program.
|The latest mind-brain research
something every trainer has long suspected: that people think and learn
better when the process is fun. The Big Book of Humorous
features 50 unique experiential training activities that create
memorable learning on topics ranging from management skills, change,
and emotional intelligence to dealing with difficult people. (extract
from a review at Amazon.com)
This easy-to-read manual gives step-by-step directions that will help new and veteran trainers infuse their workshops with humor, fun and creativity. Each chapter in the book offers five games to teach a popular, business-related topic. You get:
|A book to help members of groups. This is a practical, readable and affordable introduction to groupwork - with useful matchstick figure illustrations. (78 pages) (Roger Greenaway)|
|Product Description: Outstanding companions to The Learner s Toolkit Teacher s Resource (ISBN 9781845900700) these workbooks are designed for students to keep personal records of their work towards developing competencies in Learning, Emotional Intelligence and Values for Life. They are an outstanding resource for supporting the SEAL framework in secondary schools. Workbook 1 includes lessons on: Getting to know yourself Taking responsibility for your own life Building confidence Persistence and resilience Setting goals for life Controlling moods Caring for mind and body Optimism Stress Management Thinking Skills Communication and Cooperation (Amazon.co.uk)|
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