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Doing Business in India For Dummies® by Ranjini Manian

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Incorporating Interactive Games and Quizzes

Indians are serious about education, and they take it very seriously throughout their growing years. But if an element of fun is introduced into adult education, they take to it like fish to water. One way to inject some fun into your training sessions is to incorporate games and quizzes that allow employees to play an active role in the proceedings.

Here are a few steps to get you started:

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Divide your employees into teams or groups. Indians are a collective lot, and they love teamwork.
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Assign someone to keep score. Indians like to compete, especially if you keep score. As you play your training games, notice that your staff watches the scorekeeper keenly to keep tabs, make sure he’s doing it right, and also to see who’s winning.
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Start with a basic quiz. Ask questions and allow the teams to jump in with their guesses. The questions can be about the material you’re teaching or a few cultural tidbits, but either way, make the questions ones that they definitely know the answers too.

When I teach Indians a course on cross-cultural understanding (American culture), I first ask for the three favorite sports in America. They typically get that one right, and that gets them interested in the game. But then I ask them how to correctly pronounce Potomac or for the number of states in the continental United States. Those questions tend to stump them, and they really want to know the answer so they can continue performing well in the quiz ...

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