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Three of the Best – Free Training Game

Duration: 15 - 30 minutes

Intended for:

This co-operative training game works well to help consolidate the key learning points from a training programme and is useful in improving communication. A variation of the activity also allows you to use it on a sales programme to help participants identify why people buy a particular product.

Training course contents:

Instructions to help you run the ‘Three of the Best’ training game can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.

Resources Needed – a few sheets of blank A4 card cut into playing card size pieces. You will need enough of the blank ‘playing cards’ for each participant to have 6 each.


Give each participant 6 cards each. Instruct them to add a key point arising from the training programme on each card. Encourage them to aim to complete 6 cards each but make sure that complete at least four.

Collect all of the cards and shuffle them. Deal three cards to each participant. Place the extra cards on the table.

Tell participants to silently read the three cards you dealt to them. Ask ‘What are the three most important learning points today?’ Explain that you want them to consider their 3 cards in the context of this question. With the question in mind they must discard the card they are least happy with and replace it with one from the pile. They can discard all three if they choose, but must discard at least one.

Now instruct the participants to pair up (or work in threes). Ask them to compare their cards with each other and select the ‘best’ three. They should retain these and return the remaining cards to the pile.

Now ask all participants to work together and compare all remaining cards and as a group agree the ‘best’ three.

If you have more than 8 participants consider arranging them into two teams instead of one large group. This is essential if time is limited.

Ask a member of the team to list the information from the final three cards on a flip chart. This activity works well at the end of any type of communication course (especially communication skills).


Variation – this training game is easily adapted to use during a sales programme. Ask participants to write on their cards the key selling points for a product you identify. You could phrase this question, ‘Why do people buy this product.’


Use this training game to help consolidate key learning points at the end of a training session or programme.

Three of the Best – Free Training Game


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