Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Humor Good for Business (and Training)

Researchers at the University of Missouri's College of Business have confirmed what many of our customers already knew -- humor helps in the workplace.

Chris Robert, assistant professor of management in MU’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, said that humor – particularly joking around about things associated with the job – actually has a positive impact in the workplace. Occasional humor among colleagues, he said, enhances creativity, department cohesiveness and overall performance.

Here at Bodine Training Games, our software helps trainers, educators and presenters add humor to their training reviews and presentations. The Game Show Presenter software is already known for amusing trainees and students with its simulated TV game show. But that's just the beginning. Trainers and presenters can easily expand on this humorous platform to bring humor to their specific subject matter. Here's how:

When you are writing a multiple-choice quiz question, make one of the choices absurd. This helps keep the review process from becoming tedious and relieves stress. Since the quiz editor in our software allows up to 5 possible answers to a question, you can inject humor into questions and still have plenty of room to present the real choices. Using this technique, you can write a quiz in which people will look forward to each question!

The MU study's conclusion was made by examining theories on humor and integrating literature from a wide variety of disciplines that touch on the subject. Several hundred sources were analyzed.

“Humor has a significant impact in organizations,” said Robert, who also teaches psychology in MU’s College of Arts and Science. “We argue that humor is pretty important."

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

New name: gamesfortraining.com

This blog now has an easy to remember web address: www.gamesfortraining.com. We will continue to focus on products and ideas that make it fun to pay attention to training, education and presentations. Please spread the word about gamesfortraining.com!

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Game Show PLUS for Mac OSX

The popular PLUS Edition of Game Show Presenter is now available for Mac OSX computers. This works on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. See www.gameshowplus.com for the trial version and other details.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Motivating People with Special Needs

The motivational power of games for children and adults with special needs will be explored at the Closing the Gap conference on assistive technology in October, 2007. The session "It's All in the Game: Motivating Kids and Adolescents" will include a demonstration of Game Show PLUS software. The session will be Oct. 18, 2007, 2-4:30 p.m. in Minneapolis, MN. Conference registration required to attend.

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