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Icebreaker: I Want This - I Know This

Icebreaker: I Want This - I Know This
Exercises, Icebreakers

Article Rating:::: 3 Ratings :::: Monday, June 13, 2016

This is a structured icebreaker that encourages delegates to share something about themselves and in the process get to know each other better. It is a simple and yet very effective method in making a group of people quickly feel more comfortable with each other.

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Mobile Phone Team Building Exercises and Icebreakers

Mobile Phone Team Building Exercises and Icebreakers
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids

Article Rating:::: 6 Ratings :::: Monday, June 6, 2016

Generally, mobile phones are not welcome during a training course. They can distract or annoy people if not switched off. However, like any technology there can also be an advantage for having them around. A series of exercises are presented here that involve using mobile phones to conduct icebreakers, get people to know each other better and facilitate team building exercises.

For all the following exercises, it is assumed that delegates have access to their personal mobile phones, access to internet from the mobile and that they can send text and images to each other. To reduce potential data costs, get them use a Wi-Fi network if possible. For each exercise, instructions are provided on when contacts need to be exchanged or what kind of information needs to be shared. Give your own number to all delegates as several of the exercises require delegates to send you images. You may also need to have access to a system where you can receive these images and show them on a projector so everyone can see an enlarged view of them. This makes many of the exercises easier to conduct rather than relying on seeing images on individual small screens. An alternative approach is to print images directly from you mobile but this can be costly.

Having gone through this collection, if you know of other useful exercises involving mobile phones, please share them below in the comments section.

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Desert Island Questions

Desert Island Questions
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building

Article Rating:::: 4 Ratings :::: Monday, May 23, 2016

This is a simpler version of the classic desert island survival exercise. In the classic exercise, a team needs to decide what to take to an island from a shipwreck to maximise their survival. In the version described here, the focus is not on survival; but to see what people would like to take with them and use this as an excuse to talk about themselves. Hence this is more an icebreaker version of the classic team building exercise.

Note that the exercise is not a realistic scenario. It is designed to simply get people to talk about themselves and what they like and in the process get to know each other better.

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The Big List of Effective Icebreaker Questions

The Big List of Effective Icebreaker Questions
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Personal Impact, Interview Skills

Article Rating:::: 9 Ratings :::: Monday, May 2, 2016

Suppose you have a group of people that don’t know each other very well and you want to get them feel more comfortable with one another. If you put this group of people in a room together, they will eventually mingle but the process is often inefficient. Most often the talkative or extrovert types dominate the conversations while others simply listen. People receive a lot of information about a few loud people and start to feel frustrated that they couldn’t get a word in. Alternatively, some may simply feel shy and not so comfortable to suddenly talk about themselves among a group of strangers.

In such cases, a structured approach to break the ice is useful. One simple way to do this is to divide the delegates into smaller groups and provide them with a set of questions that encourages them to talk about specific topics. This exercise and its variations help you achieve this.

Note that the questions listed here are designed to excite and encourage the delegates to talk. They go beyond the usual questions often suggested such as, “What is your hobby?”, or “What country do you like to travel to?” The aim is to ask deeper and more meaningful questions that touch the heart and make the person really excited to talk about themselves. In fact, these questions can make the person learn something about themselves which makes the exercise much more useful.

Often it will take much more than a few minutes to answer some of the questions listed here, but this is fine for the purpose of this exercise because the aim is to simply make people talk excitedly about themselves.

The collection of questions presented here can also be used to interview people or when you simply want to get a person talk about themselves. They can be rather effective in making an emotional connection.

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Form a Line Based on Your Birthday

Form a Line Based on Your Birthday
Leadership, Exercises, Icebreakers, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Decision Making, Large Group

Article Rating:::: 4 Ratings :::: Monday, January 18, 2016

In this exercise delegates get to form a line based on the order of their birthdays without talking. It provides an opportunity for nonverbal communication, self-organisation, nominating a leader if necessary and quick decision making.

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Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…

Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…
Public Speaking, Exercises, Icebreakers, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 25 Ratings :::: Monday, November 3, 2014

This exercise helps with creative storytelling and impromptu delivery. It can also be used as an icebreaker to help delegates learn about each other. The choice of objects dictates what kinds of areas would be covered. Choose the object based on the background of delegates as well as their age. You can also use it for an exercise on creative writing or public speaking.

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Icebreaker: You Can Only Ask One Question

Icebreaker: You Can Only Ask One Question
Exercises, Icebreakers, Problem Solving, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 26 Ratings :::: Monday, February 17, 2014

This exercise can be used as an icebreaker but can also to see how delegates approach problem solving. The problems considered can also be customised to make the exercise even more useful when an ideal answer is found. As a result, it is a power template to use when you need to make people focus and make important decisions.

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Icebreaker: What Do You Do When You Are Not Working?

Icebreaker: What Do You Do When You Are Not Working?
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Change Management

Article Rating:::: 9 Ratings :::: Monday, February 3, 2014

Use this icebreaker to help people get to know each other more. It provides a structured approach so that the most is gained from the introductions in a short amount of time.

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Goal Setting Exercise: I Admire People Who…

Goal Setting Exercise: I Admire People Who…
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Motivation, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 190 Ratings :::: Monday, December 30, 2013

This exercise helps delegates realise what values they are impressed with the most, so that they can then relate these values back to themselves.

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Icebreaker: What Are You Good At?

Icebreaker: What Are You Good At?
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building

Article Rating:::: 11 Ratings :::: Monday, November 25, 2013

This is an icebreaker that helps delegates to become more familiar with each other.

The aim is to systematically share information with a partner to maximise information transfer in a given time.

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