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Role Play and Real-Life Scenarios in Training

We’ve heard so much about the benefits of role-playing for children. However, did you know that creating real-life scenarios and role-playing can also work for grownups? They are actually some the best types of workplace training methods.

Role-playing has been used for centuries by military and emergency response groups to tackle situations where apt responses and sharp decisions are needed. This type of training enables the trainees to experience a likely situation in controlled scenarios. The difficulty level can, of course, be set according to the needs, but the training itself triggers chemistry in the brain that can lead to fruitful learning.

The Science

It has been noted by the scientific community that role-playing strengthens the cognitive skills of a human being. Prefrontal cortex the brain part concerned with these skills. A summary of cognitive abilities tells us that all the executive abilities, perception, visual and audio responses, language, and memory are included in it.

Role-playing targets all the skills told so that the human brain is more capable of achieving success in a stressful situation. That situation—for example—for a salesperson could be facing people, or for a CEO taking decisions. Based on the science and the abilities, training in a life-like situation can bestow us with the following benefits.

1) Efficient problem solving

Normally, in the role-playing training, the trainers create the most outlandish situations possible – the ones that likely could pose problems for the employee. In that controlled environment, when trainees successfully complete the tasks, they leave with abilities learned that can help them achieve a response well suited. One of the foremost of those abilities is creative decision making.

2) Efficient social skills

Since trainees face life-like situations, they develop skills that are necessary to communicate their way out of it. We are definitely social beings, and having skills such as that can help—for example—a salesperson to motivate people, or an employee of a company communicate his ideas the right way.

3) Unwavering confidence

Working in an environment that is constantly changing and where pressures are important can be overwhelming at times. However, we get comfortable with challenges when we face them more than once and when we practice appropriate interventions. Our brains form a particular pathway to tackle them whether they are big or small. Or, alternatively saying, we are only surprised by a new problem.

Based on this, role-based training can help us achieve confidence over a situation.

4) Managing a tricky situation

Have you ever felt panic? That must have been in a deep situation where you couldn’t find a way out. And that could be because you couldn’t accept or deal with the situation properly.

Panicking is a way of ruining every possibility of a solution that our brain can think of. There are many ways in which we can stay collected and put to solve a problem, but for employees, role-playing training can help them to stay calm in face of adversity. When they feel they have the tools to deal with a particular situation, they calm their brains and think of solutions.  

In conclusion, role-playing is more than just a form of training. Around the world, there are thousands of companies that have incorporated this type of training for their employees so that they can face real problems with better skills. 

Frederick Audet