Themed negotiation a game that focuses on gathering market information and understanding customer needs

Program outline

Trading Post is a supercharged game of information gathering, haggling and building trust – an excellent icebreaker or conference interlude. The ‘trading post’ in question is the wild and lawless town of Dodge City in the 1860s – a time of great opportunity, and yet where disaster awaits the unwary and the ill-informed. The game takes place over 4 years. Each year commences with teams trading and ends with them returning to returning to their respective wagons for a payout on certain goods. Here families share knowledge. As the game progresses, teams develop relationships with other teams and share gained knowledge.

Possibly our most versatile activity, it can be played by 12 to 800 people during a conference, pre-dinner, or after dinner. It is particularly successful as an event that will break down barriers and unite groups while reinforcing the key principles of negotiating.

Learning and development outcomes

A quick and clever activity where teams negotiate and trade to maximise their returns. Although this is a competitive exercise, the most successful teams are those that collaborate with others to build win-win outcomes while at the same time focussing on their own bottom line results.  During a review process, winning strategies are shared and pertinent learnings are applied to the workplace.

Key business benefits

  • Customer Service
  • Cross Functional co-operation
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Managing change
  • Networking
  • Team Dynamics
  • Uniting Teams


  • 1 hour - 2 hours
  • Indoors
  • Competitive
  • Minimum: 24
  • Maximum: Unlimited


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