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You’ve just attended a one day conference, and you left buzzing with ideas and potential. Two days later you’re back into the swing of every day work and life, and are now struggling to recall what you learnt that had you so excited.

It’s frustrating to forget, especially when you can’t recall the vital information you just had in your brain. The “Forgetting Curve” is a great model to help us make sense and train ourselves to retain new information. Ebbinghaus’s research on the “Forgetting Curve” (shown below) shows us just how quickly we can forget what we’ve just learned, with the biggest drop happening just hours after learning.

Think about it like this, if you stop practising a musical instrument right after learning a new piece, your ability to play it well drops off fast. The same goes for picking up a new language – without regular practice, your new vocab and conversation skills start to fade away quickly.

It’s the same for a workshop where, for example, a new sales technique is taught. Without reinforcement, its details might blur as early as the next day. By incorporating an experiential team activity, we apply those sales techniques in a simulated environment, making the learning experience more vivid and the information more retainable.

Experiential activities also lower barriers to learning by offering diverse approaches that resonate with different learning styles. For example, while some team members may thrive in traditional classroom settings, others might struggle to engage without hands-on experiences.

Take for instance, a Sales Development Program blends itself perfectly with the “Bean Around the World” program. One focuses on growing skills in effective prospecting and persuasive communication, and the latter, a coffee trading game, that not only energises your team but reinforces these concepts in a practical setting that mirrors the real-world challenges discussed in the program.

By incorporating an experiential activity, which involves dynamic role-playing, strategic decision-making, and interactive problem-solving, people are empowered to learn in ways that align with their individual preferences and strengths. This inclusivity enhances overall team comprehension and retention and fosters a collaborative environment where diverse perspectives are valued and leveraged.

This pair is just one example of how you can integrate high-level education with engaging, fun activities to create a memorable learning experience that sticks. You can always check out our Top 5 Challenges, as voted by our network, if you’re not sure where to start.

Our offerings are diverse, and we’re committed to finding the right fit for your team’s aspirations and goals. We’re here to help build strong foundations and support your team’s growth.

Have questions or ideas for your perfect learning combo? Reach out to us, and let’s create a package that meets your team’s unique needs.

Thanks for reading,

Oliver Sheer
Managing Director, Be Challenged

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