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5 Reasons to Play Games in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/15/18 8:00 AM
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Help release the inner child in your participants by playing games in your training sessions. Sure, you’ve likely played Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire in your training, but did you ever stop to think about all the benefits of playing those games? How often have you designed a workshop and thought about how to spice things up or add fun and high energy to the learning process? There are many ways to add fun and excitement to your training, but a sure-fire way to do it is to play a short game. Notice I said a short game? Like any activity, games in training should be fun but not too long. If a game goes on too long the learners become bored and will disengage.


So, what games should you play? Well, here is where things get fun for the instructional designer. Yes, there are the tried-and-true games like Jeopardy and Bingo, but feel free to google game shows and see if there is a game, past or present, that might be new to your participants. Pick a game that is simple in design and something with only a few rules. It should also be well-organized and well-designed so everyone can grasp how to play. In addition, be sure to have a plan in place for when a tie occurs and be careful that correct answers are truly correct and not subject to debate.


Now for the five reasons to play games in training:

1. Games bond groups together quickly into high-performing teams.

2. Games create high energy and fun. Place games during low energy times of the day to keep everyone moving!

3. Games will engage even the most quiet or stubborn participants. It may take some time for the shy or stubborn learners to engage, but once they do, you’ve got ‘em!

4. Games are an effective way to learn about topics or tasks that are more on the dry or boring side.

5. Games prevent both learner and instructor burnout! When you’re all having fun in the learning process, both sides want to keep on learning!

While there are some potential draw backs to using games in training, overall, they have many more benefits than downsides. So, if you want to have fun and take advantage of all the benefits of playing games in training, go for it!


To learn how to design creative games that teach; select, design, and facilitate games that boost the fun factor while maximizing learning; and turn humdrum training into an exciting and memorable experience, check out our Games in Training eBook!


Ultimate Guide to Making Training Fun

Topics: instructional design, games in training, gamification, making training fun

Written by Lynne Koltookian

Lynne has been a course leader with Langevin since 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. After working many years in human resources and sales, Lynne transitioned into training, her true passion, where she’s been facilitating since 1994. Her training philosophy is simple—learning should be fun! The essence of a good instructor is someone who can make complex things easy to understand and fun to learn. In her free time, you’ll find Lynne cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.

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