In addition to their usefulness as warm-ups and energizers, games are enjoyable ways to focus participants on the subject matter of the course.
Susan Boyd, president of a training consultant firm, suggests this game for fostering group interaction.
How to Use:
Divide the class into four-to eight-person teams.
Make up a worksheet listing six to eight items that each team's members would likely have with them, making one or two of the items more uncommon things. Suggestions include: a photo, a calculator, a pencil, more than three credit cards, an unusual key chain, something red, and so forth.
Use this acquainter to help participants get to know one another by tracking the significant events in their lives.