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Mind Reader – Free Training Game

Duration: 5 - 10 minutes

Intended for:

This fun free training game is useful to help regain the attention of participants after they return from a break.

Training course contents:

The material available for free from the link at the bottom of this page contains the instructions you will need to run a simple, short but fun training game. Alternatively, you can follow the notes below.

Resources Needed – four objects and a table.

Examples of the four objects might be:

  • A pencil
  • A pen
  • A stapler
  • A ruler


If you are running an event with another trainer explain that your fellow trainer has the ability to read minds. Alternatively, you could nominate one of the participants as a mind reader.

Explain that you will be asking the ‘mind reader’ to leave the room and that the group will then choose one of the objects you have placed on the table.

The mind reader will correctly state which object the group selected, Now ask the mind reader to leave the room and make sure that he/she cannot hear or see what is taking place.

While the mind reader is out of the room ask the rest of the participants to agree to select one object – but do not physically remove it from the table.

Once the participants have agreed on their item call the mind reader back into the room. Ask the mind reader which item the group selected. After a few moments concentration the mind reader correctly calls out the item chosen.

Allow participants to speculate on how this works but decline to explain it. How it works

Prior to the session you will need to brief the mind reader. Explain that when you invite them into the room you will use a code word or phrase to help them identify which item was chosen.

For example:

  • Pencil = we’re ready for you
  • Pen = you can come back now
  • Stapler = Are you ready
  • Ruler = OK

Just use the code you agreed to help the mind reader identify the item the group chose.


Use this training game to help re-focus the attention of participants after a break.

Mind Reader – Free Training Game


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