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Don’t Say a Word – Free Training Game

Duration: 20 - 40 minutes

Intended for:

Use this free training game as an activity to help consolidate the key learning points covered in a learning and development programme.

Training course contents:

Provided in the download from the link at the bottom of this page is the instructions to help you run a fun and fast paced training variation of a well known party game. Participants have to describe words or phrases to fellow team mates. They are banned from using any of the actual words or phrases themselves.

The instructions are also provided here…

This is a variation of the classic party game which is great way for finishing a training event on a ‘high’. It has the added advantage of requiring little by way of preparation or resources.

Participants are given a key learning point from the programme written on paper. They have to describe this to their team mates without using the words on the paper. Their team mates have to guess the words on the paper from this description.

Arrange participants into two teams (ideally with 4 to 6 players per team).

Write key learning points on separate small scraps of paper. These points will be short comprising 1 to 8 words maximum. You can prepare these in advance, or you can write these as key points emerge during the training itself. Fold the pieces of paper so that the writing cannot be seen. Then place these into a box or hat.

Nominate a representative from each team to come up to the front of the room. Ask one of the representatives to take a piece of paper from the box. Show both representatives the information on the paper.

Next, ask the representative from team A to describe the learning points on the paper to his or her team. Make it clear that they are banned from using any of the words written on the paper. Give a strict time limit of 60 seconds. Award two points if the team guesses the answer correctly within the time limit. The representative from team B closely observes the activity and can challenge the use of any banned words used by the team A representative. If you agree with this challenge, then 1 point is awarded to team B.

Roles are now reversed and a fresh piece of paper is drawn and the representative from team B now describes its contents to his or her team.

Next nominate a different representative from each team and continue with this process until all of the paper scraps have been drawn

Keep a tally of the points scored. The team scoring the highest points by the end of the game is the winner. You may want to consider giving a small prize to the winning team.

You are free to play the game over as many rounds as you choose although it will probably work best if you have a minimum of six rounds per team up to a maximum of ten rounds.


This training game is useful to help participants consolidate key learning points.

Don’t Say a Word – Free Training Game


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