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Word Ladder – Free Energiser

Duration: 15 minutes

Intended for:

This energiser will help test participants ability to retain the information provided during your training course. It will also improve their retention rates, by giving them a chance to review this information.​

Training course contents:

A  set of instructions for the free energiser, ‘Word Ladder’ can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page. You can also see the full energiser instructions below.​


Flipchart paper and pens.


Create a ‘ladder’ with a word on the top rung and a different word on the bottom rung, both words should relate to an aspect of the training course that you are delivering.

  1. Show the participants the ladder with the starting and ending word and have them come up with a chain of words that connect the two words.
  1. Explain that each word in the chain must be different from the previous word and each word must connect somehow to the word before it.
  1. They should work their way up the ladder with each word, until they reach the final word.

In Review

Ask the participants to write down any reminders this energiser has provided.


This same energiser can be carried out with participants replacing one letter of each word until they reach the top word. However, this would take a bit of preparation, to make sure the final word can be spelt by the time the participants reach the top.


This free energiser help participants test their retention of the information provided during your training course and provides a prompt for information they may have missed.

Word Ladder – Free Energiser


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