Chapter 21

Ten Icebreakers That Work

In This Chapter

arrow Getting practical advice for selecting and conducting icebreakers

arrow Reviewing ten classic icebreakers that work

arrow Identifying criteria for measuring the effectiveness of an icebreaker

The room is set. Participant materials are in place. The projector with your PowerPoint presentation is focused, and the participants have arrived. It’s time to begin your training session, and first impressions will set the stage for the rest of the time together.

Chapter 18 introduces you to a number of elements that should be included in your opening. One of those is to help everyone get to know each other better. That is the key purpose of icebreakers.

I am convinced that training sessions are better when they start out with an icebreaker. Whether you use icebreakers created by someone else or you design your own, I suggest that you pay attention to some advice based on lessons I learned the hard way.

  • Never ask anyone to do anything you would not want to do. This is cardinal rule number one. Isn’t it amazing that participants will almost always follow a trainer’s direction and do what they are asked to do? They believe that trainers always know ...

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