Ice Breakers: Getting Everyone to Contribute at the Start of a Successful Event - Deepstash

Ice Breakers: Getting Everyone to Contribute at the Start of a Successful Event

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When to Use Icebreakers

Consider using an ice breaker when:

  • Participants come from different backgrounds.
  • People need to bond quickly so as to work towards a common goal.
  • Your team ...

When designing your ice breaker, think about the "ice" that needs to be broken.

  • If you are bringing together like-minded people, the "ice" may simply reflect the fact that...
  • Make sure that the activity is specifically focused on meeting your objectives and appropriate to the group of people invol...
  • The Little Known Fact: ask participants to share their name, department or role in the organization, length of service, and one little known fact about themselves.
The facilitator begins with a ball of yarn. Keeping one end, pass the ball to one of the participants, and the person to introduce himself and his role in the organization. ...

The facilitator arranges the group in a circle and asks each person to throw the ball across the circle, first announcing her own name, and then announcing the name of the person to whom th...

Group people into twos or threes, and ask people to discuss their expectations for the event or work ahead, including their fears and their hopes. Gather the group's response by collating three ...

This helps people explore the breadth of the area under discussion. 

Generate a list of words related to the topic of your event or training. 

You can use this opportun...

This gives each person the opportunity to ask key questions they hope to cover in the event or training.

Used to break the ice or as a re-energizer during an event.

If people are getting bogged down in the detail during problem-solving, for example, you can change pace easily by...

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