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Many of you will know me as a training designer, and many of my programmes have a behavioural element. I'm fed up of the same old 'building rapport' exercises I put in. Please share any great exercises that you know of and use, especially if they take lass than half an hour!

Thanks in advance to everyone,

Sheridan Webb

Keystone Development

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  1. what are the same old boring ones?

    tell us what the same old boring ones are and I’ll see if I know any you aren’t using


  2. Before and after – bad rapport

    This may be one of your tried and tested ones but I like showing or invitiing participants to show bad rapport behaviours first then identify replacements. There’s also the situationally specific horror ones – your worst ever experience of badly pitched rapport by setting, by relationship with others, by role?


    Good luck darling (whoooooaaahhh) bad rapport.

  3. Rapport Building Exercise

     I am currently running a series of Emotional Intelligence workshops for organisations and came across (honestly can’t remember where) this very simple exercise which has been very well received:

    1.  Ask each participant to write on a piece of paper three statements about themselves – two of which are false and one of which is true but is unlikely to be common knowledge among friends or workmates.

    e.g.  (my three might be)

            I  once turned up for an interview in a gorilla suit

            I did work experience at an open prison

            I hitched a ride to a party in Moscow in a Red Army truck.

    2.  Then pass the papers up to the trainer who reads them out and asks all participants to vote by show of hands on which they think is the true statement.

    3.  When all votes are in the participant reveals the true statement.

    I have used this a couple of times now and it is always met with much laughter and cries of "I can’t believe it!" or "I wouldn’t have believed it of you!"

    The object or ‘lesson’ of the exercise is of course no matter how much you think you know about someone there is always more to learn.

    Hope you try this out and enjoy it!

    P.S.  Who thinks they know which of the three statements above is MY true one?? ūüėÄ



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