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Take That – Free Energiser

Duration: This free energiser should take about 10 - 15 minutes, but is pretty flexible.

Intended for:

This energiser provides a funny little head-scratcher for participants and can be used as a pick me up after a break or to inject a bit of interest at any point.

It is particularly useful when you want participants to engage with problem solving or use creative thinking.

Training course contents:

You can download a set of instructions for the energiser, ‘Take That’ from the link at the bottom of this page, or follow the instructions below.


Provide the following statement to participants either on a flipchart or as a PowerPoint slide.

Let them read the statement and then ask them to place punctuation in the statement to make the sentence a correct English sentence.

I said that that that that that man wrote should have been underlined.

Provide participants with enough time to correct the punctuation and ask for anyone to provide you with what they think the right answer is. If the person gets it right, congratulate them and have a discussion around why it is correct and how they came to solve the problem. If they get it wrong, move on to the next person until it is answered correctly.


“I said that, ‘that “that” that that man wrote should have been underlined.'” Phew!


This energiser is a good method of breaking up an intense training course and getting participants to think outside the box.

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