Posted by: magnussonllc | August 10, 2009

Spice Up Your Training Sessions with Professional Games

billionaire-game-boardReview is a critical practice when delivering training or making presentations, especially to audiences with short attention spans. 

A great way to review your material is to use a game. Games change the pace in the classroom or during your presentation and provide an opportunity for everyone to participate, even if they are not the one answering the question. Games help your audience retain more information for a longer duration.

C3 SoftWorks, a leading software provider in the training and educational markets, recently released their game suite BRAVO! Designed to engage all learners, BRAVO! features four customizable training game templates that offer a dynamic way to present any content. Creating an engaging and effective presentation is very easy with the games. It provides you with an easy-to-use interface that walks you through the simple steps of creating a game. You simply type in a category, insert questions, and in seconds, you’ve got a game. It works with any instructional content, giving you a great way to engage your whole class. It’s easy to add audio, video, and still images to add context to your content.

Magnusson Training & Consulting LLC has used the Bravo suite for almost three years now and with great success. There are also other games out there, many based on the popular Jeopardy TV show.


 Here are some tips from C3 SoftWorks on how to make these games successful in the world of training:Jeopardy

1. Define your objective. Make a list of the key teaching points you want to cover.

2. Create questions based on your key points.

3. Be creative. Questions do not specifically have to cover a topic, they can be used simply as a stepping stone to what you want to teach or review.

4. Remember, your key objective is to teach a topic, you are using “fun” to help you achieve your primary objective which is educational.

5. Use a game that allows the use of summary points that will allow you to review content after each question.

6. Slow down the game. Your objective is different than a TV game show. Theirs is to entertain, yours is to educate. On a TV game show in a 30 minute period they may play 3-4 rounds. In the classroom it may take 45 minutes of longer for one game.

7. Read each question prior to answering.showdown-game-board

8. Your main concern should be more on the content delivery than who wins or loses. The game simply is a different medium to deliver your material.

9. Games do not always have to be long. A short game of 4-6 questions can be a great way to review the key points of a talk or use as a warm up for a presentation.

For more information about these games, go to


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