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Top Team Building Activities Using Playing Cards

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Card games motivate people to take an active role in the learning process, provide a wide variety of experiences in a highly engaging context, and promote quick mastery of new skills. Not only are card games fun to play, they make learning really stick. And we’ve got the industry’s most-respected experts lined up to show you exactly how. Here are some of the top team building activities using playing cards!

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Earlier this week,  Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan and Tracy Tagliati joined forces with HRDQ-U and hosted a free webinar entitled, Play Your Cards Right! How to Use Card Games to Increase Learning Outcomes.

Thiagi is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization that helps people to improve performance effectively and enjoyably. He has published 40 books, over 100 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. Thiagi has made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches at professional conferences.

Over 500 people registered for this interactive and informative webinar.

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Why Use Card Games for Training?

The fact of the matter is, you can train people with lectures or PowerPoint slides, or you can train them with card games and change the way they look at training. It’s worth a shot to try the cards, right?

The instructional games help individuals quickly build fluency in the different personal styles so that they can improve interpersonal skills and interact more effectively with others. Playing with cards motivates people to take an active role in the mastery of personal styles. The games provide a wide variety of interactive training activities and learning experiences.

Types of Training Card Games

There are three formats of card games:

  1. Classification Cards. Review the text on the cards, then decide which one of the personal styles each card is associated with. The presenter should announce one of the four styles, and the audience’s job is to determine which card represents that style.
  2. Practical Advice Cards. Right advice on the deck of cards. Each person gets five cards. Players look at their hands and pull out one card they think will be the best, practical, most useful piece of advice. Places it in front of you face down. Somebody mixes up all of the face down cards, turns them face up, and each card is read. People now decide of the five pieces of best advice from individual hands, which one is the best of the best?
  3. Fluency Cards. In the fluency card deck, there are four types of cards required of you. There are four suits, clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds, and each suit is associated with a different type of behavior. Whoever takes a card has to draw a picture without showing the word on the card. Other players will try to guess what the word or concept is.

Click here to watch a demonstration which illustrates how to use games with playing cards to help your audience increase understanding and build fluency on a variety of HR training and development topics, including soft-skills training, communication style, people skills, team building training, leadership skills training, and more.


Limited Time Discount

Playing with Style is on sale for a limited time. This training game kit includes a Facilitator Guide, CD, reproducible content, reusable deck of playing cards, set of label cards, and a feedback tablet. It allows you to train up to 20 people at one time!

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