How I use games in training and development w/ Tamara Eberle

How I use games in training and development w/ Tamara Eberle
How I use games in training and development w/ Tamara Eberle

By infusing games in training and development you can turn dry, monotonous content into an immersive adventure, making learning exciting and memorable.

Games captivate and motivate like no other medium. They tap into our intrinsic human desire for competition, challenge, and achievement.

My guest this week is Tamara Eberle, Founder & Managing Partner of Traction Strategy / Traction Toolbox

Traction Strategy is an award-winning facilitation and training company specializing in strategy, process improvement, innovation, creative problem-solving, and change.

They have a dedicated team of senior professionals who design and lead collaborative, productive and engaging events, group facilitation, training and organizational games.

Tune in and you’ll learn the following, plus much more

  • Understanding what is a game and what is not a game
  • The key elements of game design and how to get started
  • Reasons to use games in facilitation and training

Ready to learn more about how games in training and development can boost learning? 

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    Metaphor or theme is essential to your game.

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    How I use games in training and development – copyright Tamara Eberle

    Make clients the heart of the game.

    I really believe very strongly in purpose before process, and process includes the tools that you choose for your design.

    It’s always got to be about the client’s needs and the purpose of the engagement that you’re doing.

    You need to know your customer, and you need to create and use tools and games that are relevant to your customer and are the right tone.

    As facilitators and trainers, you want to create a great experience that people remember and keeps coming back to their minds.


    So I think gamification, done with your customers’ needs in mind, has a lot of value for your business.

    It takes 400 repetitions to create new synapses in our brain. Except when we play.

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    How I use games in training and development – Copyright Tamara Eberle

    Why use games in training and development?

    The human experience is very deeply rooted in gameplay.

    Serious games are very effective in the business world, and they do a number of things.

    When you have structure and rules in a game, it transports you out of the ordinary world and into a different world.

    And in that world, it levels the playing field. So it can break down power structures in a group very quickly.

    It can also be very good for connecting silos.

    So where people are very siloed in an organisation, you can bring them around a common playing field.


    And they have something that they need to either overcome together or overcome as a team or a pair at the table, or even overcome individually. But you’re doing that around this structured format.

    Games can be energising, and engaging, and it allows people a safe place to do that work together.

    If a game is designed well then you can really create a lot of engagement.

    And if you’re a trainer, and you would like to have this group, understand, digest, and remember information. You want them to learn something new.

    It takes 400 repetitions to create new synapses in our brain. Except when we play, then it only takes 10 to 20.

    Take-aways you do not want to miss 👇

    • Seven key elements for your game design
    • What is a game really, in terms of facilitation?
    • The business benefits of using games in your training
    • The reason for using games and play in your facilitation and training
    • The kinds of problems gamification can help solve
    • Key elements of game design that you can use
    • How to use and develop games for your own business

    Some resources for you

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