Q How does game-based learning compare to face-to-face negotiation training?
Although practice is really the only way to develop great negotiation skills, many face-to-face training workshops spend more time on lectures than on hands-on skill development. Some shy employees may not be confident enough to participate fully in hands-on training, and others may quickly dominate the allotted training time with their specific needs. Additionally, employees attending the training in large groups may not get the kind of individualized attention they need to really take their negotiation skills to the next level.
Game-based learning, on the other hand, seeks to foster individual skill development in a team-based environment. In general, a game-based negotiation course offers these benefits over face-to-face training:
- Each learner receives ongoing, personalized feedback as they progress through the training.
- Learners who struggle with confidence can practice their skills in a safe and controlled environment.
- Friendly competition and clear goals create a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.
- Each user encounters increasingly complex scenarios at his or her own pace to encourage individual mastery.
- The enjoyable game format generally translates into better skill retention and a better overall training experience.
A game-based approach to learning allows you to provide individualized training to a huge number of employees, which isn’t always possible with face-to-face training. If you’d like to learn more about using Merchants®, our online negotiation training game, to improve the leadership skills of your workforce, please give Game On! Learning a call today at 1-888-725-GAME (1-888-725-4263). Or fill out the convenient online contact form on this page for more information.