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Time fillers


I train Social Care staff and have had a couple of situations where presenters have been late or on one occasion not turn up at all and am looking for some relevant activities to fill in these awkward gaps.

Thank You

Judith Pattinson

4 Responses

  1. brainteasers?

    Though the examples I offer are not strictly “relevant” you could use these as a template to produce some job specific versions.
    You can download my examples at on the “downloadable resources” page under “brainteasers”


  2. Get them to do some things
    Hi Judith,

    Perhaps your participants could use the time to:
    Work in groups and develop some questions on the subject ready for the session.
    Mind Map in groups all they know on the subject.
    Mind map how this subject links into areas they already know.
    Work in small groups and share stories on the subject.
    Take a short comfort break!

    Regards from Spain, Andi Roberts

  3. Who’s the Trainer?
    As it is to do with Social Care I think it is often interesting to challenge assumptions. We do this on Diversity & Equal Opportunities courses.

    If you are managing the group you can put up a number of questions about yourself i.e Marital Status, Age, the home you have, children, pets, disabilities, job experiences, tattoos etc.
    You leave the room, and on your return look at how accurate the answers are. Challenge where they have incorrect ‘stereotypical’ answers especially. Does help if you are a bit odd of course and if they already know you well this is not so good.

  4. treasure hunt!
    Hi Judith

    How about a “treasure hunt”. We sometimes do this if we are waiting for late coming delegates – the treasure might just be random items for a bit of fun, maybe working in teams & needing collaboration if you are starting any kind of team development sessions.

    Or the treasure can of course be things that are relevant to the session. Health & Safety lends itself to this really well – go find three fire exits,the Health & Safety Law poster, identify a first aider & where the first aid box is etc.

    Or with a subject like diversity, I might get them to go find three things in the reception areas of the building that demonstrate a commitment to working with diversity (eg leaflet for a language line service, a ramp at the front door, a hearing loop, literature in other languages etc) and to find one thing that could be improved.

    Another thing we sometimes do – I have lots of inspirational quotes typed and laminated that I often stick up around a training room. Ask everyone to walk round and read them, pick their favourite and then ask each person in turn to say why that quote appealed to them.



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