Shut Up and Deal the Cards:
Card Games for Training

Resident Mad Scientist, The Thiagi Group
Training Manager, Move, Inc.
Webinar Recording Details



This webinar featuring Tracy and Thiagi begins with a survey of 20 different types of cards that can be incorporated in training activities.

It then focuses on three powerful training templates: Classification Cards explore concept categories (such as conflict-management modes) and stages in a process (such as stages in team development). With these cards you can play any game that is played with a regular deck of playing cards, from gin rummy to strip poker.

Four Suits Cards test your mastery of the training topic. To win this game, you have to collect one card of each suit by coming up with a better list of items, better statement of similarities and differences, better drawings to communicate a mystery concept, and better roleplay skits.

Practical Advice Cards increase your mastery of specific skills (such as motivational techniques or listening skills). You play 10 different games that incorporate these cards.

In this interactive webinar learn how to create hundreds of your own card games that can involve 1 to 100 players for 5 minutes to 52 weeks.

About Thiagi

Thiagi (aka Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan) is the Resident Mad Scientist at the Thiagi Group. For the past 30 years, he has been making a fairly decent living by playing games and helping others to play. Since March 21, 1999, he has been designing a new training activity every day (including weekends and holidays).

A four-time president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), and two-time president (25 years apart) of the International Society for performance improvement (ISPI/NSPI), Thiagi has lived in three different countries and has worked and played in 25 other countries. He currently writes a training blog at

About Tracy Tagliati

Tracy Tagliati, CPLP knows how to engage the learner. As the training manager at Move, Inc. and an associate at the Thiagi Group, Tracy works directly with key executives and managers to conduct performance analyses and develop customized programs using a rapid instructional design approach. Her specialty is activities-based training in both instructor-led and web-based environments. She has co-authored two books with Thiagi on topics relating to interactive learning techniques and has presented at numerous international conferences. Her mission is helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably. She is active in ASTD, ISPI and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).


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