Day 3 of our culture blog and Day 1 of the
three day intensive Business Cultural Trainers Certificate at IH London. This
trains business English teachers in how to research, design, market and deliver
cross-cultural training. Immediately we get a great ‘warm-up’ idea from Eleanor
Ormiston, an artist, living in Geneva,
teaching Swiss bankers. Eleanor takes in a small basket of slips of paper containing messages such as, ‘the most
exciting business book I’ve read this year’, ‘the best deal I’ve done this
week’, ‘the most annoying customer I’ve dealt with’, ‘the best travel tip I’ve
discovered this year’. Course participants work in pairs and small groups and
exchange their business tips and stories. It is a great way to warm up a group
and get them working together, using a ‘business-lite’ format. When they have
exchanged information they can share the best tips and stories with the whole
What business culture ‘warm-ups’ do you use?
Write them down and add them to the comments on this blog.