This book could prove invaluable to those who continually struggle, for whatever reason, to come up with new, exciting and stimulating things to do when leading, or running workshops, courses or team sessions. Equally it could take the, already airborne, intuitive to new heights in variations on the many themes.
This contribution is unusually generous in its approach which suggests that Paul Jackson could be philanthropic, but, more likely miles ahead producing another pack of good ideas to unlock organisations and teams. He'd certainly be the sort you'd like to meet and have a laugh with, something few of us do often enough??
He draws on his current experience as a training consultant and background in BBC radio comedy production, journalism, drama, and improvisation teaching, as well as others he respects and from whom he has learnt much.
The material embraces the stages from warm up and energising through graveyard slot to wash up. Each activity has a key which covers introduction, participants numbers and time; the longest is 60 minutes but most are shorter, a few 5 minutes. Also the likely energy level needed, rating for individual or team effort, and the extent to which visual, verbal or physical effort is required. There is a de-brief and as necessary added trainer input to round activities off
Organisations don't all now have the luxury of affording programmes for their dwindling workforce over several days. Many want their teams to hit the ground running, quickly, and cohesively, perhaps to pick up a new initiative, or develop a new survival strategy. These activities offer just the elements you need for a one or two day course that could be as much fun and as effective as you've the courage to make them.
Jackson's positive and non directive in style is very refreshing, and is highly recommended, now, before there is a government health warning about the importance of avoiding fun!!