No, this isn’t about football – although I believe that there is a tournament going on somewhere that people are quite excited about. And this isn’t even about FIFA – although there is certainly plenty of material there for many, many posts. No: this is about games in AML training. They are on my mind because today I am debuting a new game in some client training, and it’s always a bit nerve-racking until I’ve seen it in action. (Of course I have run through it at home, with my husband and cat as players with various levels of engagement, but I won’t know its true worth until I see it in the heat of battle, as it were.)
Ever since I trained as a teacher in the late Medieval period, I have tried to include games. I don’t mean in that “well, it’s the last day of term and it keeps the little toads off the streets” way, but rather as a fun way to revise material. I try to use games as the final element of a training session, as a way to reinforce what we have already covered, and – I’ll be honest here – as a mechanism for making sure that people leave the training with a smile and fond memories. Only once have I offered to include a game (bingo, I think it was) and been turned down, on the basis that “our senior members of staff will think it childish and a waste of time”. At the end of the senior session, I put up my final slide and asked for questions. “Aren’t we playing bingo?” asked the MD. “We heard about it from the other session – I’m going to win the beach-ball!” I bet even Robert Morgenthau would have liked a quick round of money laundering snakes and ladders.