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The Book of Road-Tested Activities by Elaine Biech

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Chapter 11

Icebreakers: Getting to Know You

The key purpose of an icebreaker is to introduce your group members to each other and to introduce your training session topic. A well-planned icebreaker ensures that a training session will start with more involvement and focus. When planning your icebreaker, remember these guidelines.

Never ask anyone to do anything you would not want to do. All of your activities, including icebreakers, should maintain participants’ self-esteem, build trust, and enhance what they are learning. Select an icebreaker based on the type of group you are training. You are not likely to use the same icebreaker with a group of engineers that you would with a sales team. Relate the icebreaker to the content.

If your icebreaker ...

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