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Effective Buddy training


I am currently developing an in house training soluation on 'how to be an Effective Buddy' Has anyone done anything simular they could give direction on?
I am looking at questioning, listening, feedback and basic coaching skils as the basis of the training but have an open mind to the content. Exercises, games, role plays all accepted and general advise if any on how Effective Buddies have been implemented within your organisation. Thanks
Ben Hardman

5 Responses

  1. BSAC
    Go to the British Sub Aqua club.

    Being a buddy when diving is absolutly essential and their definition and preparation for being a buddy under the water works well as an analogy for almost any other situation.


  2. On-line Mentoring System
    Hi Ben

    I don’t know whether this was what you had in mind, but we have an on-line mentoring system that allows mentors or ‘buddies’ to keep in touch with their counterpart’s progress between conversations. There is also a coaching model, consisting of useful questions,incorporated into the system.

    Happy to provide further information if this fits.

    Best regards Adam

  3. Buddy Training
    Hi Ben

    I did something like this in my previous post. I found it useful to discuss Honey & Mumford’s preferred learning styles – showing the prospective buddies that people prefer to learn in different ways. I also used a “find the path through the maze” activity to show the buddies how important it is to break information down into simplest terms to ensure understanding when buddying with a less experienced member of the team.

    Hope this helps!

  4. activity
    Hello Ben
    I have run an exercise with teams where you split them into fours and give each team the same task.You make one person only able to use their hands, another their voice, a third their legs and the fourth is blindfolded

    After the task discuss – highlighting the fact that:

    The blindfold represents those new to the task/organisation who lacks communication with and from the others and how incredibly difficult it is for them to add value to any task unless talked through and helped by the others. The best group (to win) for me is the group that recognises everyone’s limitations and helps each person maximise their input.
    If you need more along this line ctc me.
    All the best

  5. Coaching ideas.
    This is great! thankyou. I like the group exercise idea. Al thoughts and ideas are welcome.


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