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4 Ideas for Using Brainteasers in Training Courses

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/21/17 8:00 AM
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Do you use brainteasers to start your training day or to refocus or energize your learners after breaks? Brainteasers have multiple benefits, such as:

  • Increasing creativity
  • Adding fun into your training course
  • Building rapport between the learners as they work together to solve them
  • Refocusing and re-energizing your participants

Here are four ideas to keep in mind when choosing brainteasers to keep your learners coming back for more!

1. Use a variety of brainteasers to keep your learners engaged and successful. For example: riddles, mathematical problems, spatial and logic puzzles, pop culture, wordplay, cartoons, and simple magic tricks. Make them fun but keep the organizational culture in mind as well. Our learners are diverse and may come from different generations or cultures, or have different native languages. Their interests and personalities are also diverse.

Be aware when choosing language-based puzzles, such as anagrams, that English may not be everyone's first language. These kinds of brainteasers may pose a barrier for some of your learners and have the potential to create frustration.

2. Include music and movement in your training sessions to encourage your learners to be active after a work session. Quick games with friendly competition are often well received!


3. Adapt favorite puzzles to fit your needs. Share your puzzles on a flipchart or on a PowerPoint slide to present them to your learners. Another way to adapt brainteasers to fit your needs is to embed course content within them. For example, share a cartoon and ask the learners how it relates to the concepts in the training or take a traditional puzzle idea (e.g. crossword puzzle) and incorporate course content within that format.


4. Try Pinterest and YouTube when you’re looking for more brainteasers to use during your training sessions. There’s lots of inspiration there! 


Next time you’re looking to add a bit of fun into your training day, think outside the box and add brainteasers. They'll delight your learners and motivate them to get back to work!

Checkout Langevin's 25 Creative Ways to Add Excitement to Your Training workshop for more creative ideas to add to your bag of training tricks!


 Ultimate Guide to Making Training Fun

Dawn has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University, followed by a Master’s in Information and Learning Technologies/Instructional Design from the University of Colorado Denver. Her passion for teaching started in third grade and she’s never looked back! As an educator, technology trainer, instructional designer, and facilitator of virtual training, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders in all different contexts to support their learning and application of skills and knowledge. As a trainer, Dawn strives to inspire and empower people to reach their full potential. Consistently incorporating fun and laughter, building connections, and respecting others are important components she utilizes as a trainer. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, biking, being in the mountains, as well as reading at the pool or the beach!

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