Establishes a supportive relationship with learnersPromoting creativity, problem solving and out of the box thinkingSkill to establish a supportive relationship with learnersUnderstanding and facilitating individual and group learning process


This exercise is about acceptance of others’ ideas. Trainers work with different individuals and groups, to build a supportive relationship is very important. A supportive relationship with a learner is one of the most important elements to encourage creativity. The ideas are valuable and even if you don’t agree with them, in the very first stage we encourage you to accept it rather than decline it. In this case, creative thinking is alive.

Why did I choose this tool?

We chose this creative tool as it helps you to practice to be more supportive and accept other ways of thinking. This is an entertaining exercise to practice.

How does this apply to being a trainer?

The exercise allows for the training of the “ego” of the trainer. This exercise is about letting go of control, listening to another person, accepting the other person’s way of thinking and being more creative at the same time.

Main content:

SETUP: Find someone to help you to practice together. Sit or stand, facing each other. Begin a conversation, each speaking one sentence at a time. Your partner initiates with any random line of dialogue, but before you can answer, you must repeat the line your partner just said. This continues throughout the exercise.

Time: 15 minutes

For example:

PERSON I: This new boss really knows how to dress.

PERSON II: This new boss really knows how to dress. She’s putting my pajama jeans.

Reflection questions:

How did the process go?

What did you learn from this exercise?

How does this experience develop your trainer competences?


Co-author of the article: Agne Kvikliene

 Agne Kvikliene – professional IT project manager who sometimes works as a trainer helping people to build organizational changes, strategies and ensure the quality.  She had been working with training programmes and coordinated national trainers’ pool at National Agency of EU programmes for youth. While having experience in training, educating people she initiated training quality standards and raised the topic of trainers competences development. The biggest achievement for her was to lead Eastern partnership youth forum which was a milestone for the strengthening the quality of the non-formal education and the partnership among the EU and EaP countries. It became a continuous activity happening once in a two year.

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Co-author of the article: Povilas Plukas

Povilas Plukas is the learning designer who designs experiences that grow personalities and helps organisations to reach their learning goals. Over the last 10 years he provides training courses on personal development, interpersonal communication, teamwork, change management, learning to learn, social entrepreneurship, gamification and game design. Povilas is a member of International Applied Improvisation network. He studied improvisation at Second City, a world-famous improv school in Chicago. He is partner in the consulting company Kitokie Projektai. The company has been active both in Lithuania and internationally since 2000.

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Editor: Donatas Petkauskas

is professional supervisor, coach and experiential learning trainer, having more than 15 years of experience in consulting various organizations and individuals, creating and conducting training course on national and international levels. Donatas has extensive experience in non-formal education, training of youth workers and trainers. He is working in the field of non-formal education since 2003, since 2004 he is a member of trainers pool of Lithuanian National Agency (currently an alumni).

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