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Icebreaker: You Can Only Ask One Question

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

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?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Change Management

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…
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Motivation, Personal Impact

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?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building

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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Icebreaker: What Is Under My Thumb

Icebreaker: What Is Under My Thumb
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Exercises for Kids, Memory

This fun activity is suitable as an ice breaker. This is a simple randomisation exercise that you can use to get a group of people answer a number of random questions. You will need to write these questions on a football before the course. As each delegate receives the ball he should randomly answer a question based on the setup described here.

Since you have total control over the questions, you can bias the exercise based on your needs. You can use it as an icebreaker with generic questions about delegates. You can also use this for recap to cover what has been discussed in a particular session by asking delegates to answer related questions. You can also use this method as a test.


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Art Exercise: Cooperative Sculpture

Art Exercise: Cooperative Sculpture
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Creativity, Exercises for Kids, Art, Design

This exercise helps delegates work together to create a sculpture out of clay. It is ideal for classes on ceramics hand building with clay but it can also be used for a fun team building activity.

This is also a very useful exercise for creativity as it is relatively fast paced. Delegates have little time to get carried away with too much detail on any specific work and so are forced to express their creativity in a focused and meaningful way.

You can use this at the beginning of a multi-day class on making sculptures to break the ice and get people to become more comfortable with each other.

In this exercise, delegates contribute to each other’s design sequentially and everyone participates in the creation of all sculptures.


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Magic Trick: Show off Your Telepathic Powers

Magic Trick: Show off Your Telepathic Powers
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Attention and Focus

This exercise is ideal for teams with new additions to them. Sometimes it takes a while for teams to get used to their new members and the same is true for the new addition. Joining an already existing team of people can be intimidating. This exercise helps bringing all team members, old and new together by providing them with a shared experience.

Ask the delegates a question related to the content of the course that generates a number of options. Write these suggested options on a flipchart and number them from 1 to N. Next, state that you want to demonstrate your telepathic skills.

Expect disbelief…

You want delegates to choose their preferred option and you are going to guess their choice using your telepathic skills! At this point you will have everyone’s attention as this sounds like a magic trick and people are often keen to participate in them.

Next, you ask for a volunteer to come forward to assist in the exercise. You turn your back to delegates and they are supposed to select their preferred option among themselves silently. They should then let the volunteer know about their option. Your back is to them, so you are unable to see their communication with each other or with the volunteer.

Next, you ask delegates to remain silent as you are going to use your telepathic powers. You ask them to mentally think about the choice and have the number in their mind so you can pick up their “brain signals” as you go through the next phase.

You start by putting your finger on number 1, then slowly move it to 2, then 3 and so on until you suddenly stop on a number and state that this is their choice.

Amazingly, you have made the correct choice and everyone is shocked!

This trick works every time, but how? See the setup instructions to find out how to carry out the magic trick.


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Icebreaker: Who Do You Like to Have Dinner With?

Icebreaker: Who Do You Like to Have Dinner With?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Exercises for Kids, Motivation, Goal Setting, Personal Impact

This is a very effective yet simple icebreaker. Delegates get to choose a contemporary or historical figure and share their choice with the class. These choices will help everyone to get to know each other better. In addition, it also helps the trainer to know the delegates better and use this knowledge during the course to tailor the training.


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Storytelling Exercise: Talk About This Topic For One Minute

Storytelling Exercise: Talk About This Topic For One Minute
:: Article Rating :: Public Speaking, Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Creativity, Presentation Skills, Acting, Personal Impact, Storytelling

This exercise can be used both as an icebreaker when you intend to get people to know each better or as a storytelling exercise. You can bias the exercise based on your chosen topics. This exercise is also ideal for team building.


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Team Building Exercise: You Can’t Touch My Palm

Team Building Exercise: You Can’t Touch My Palm
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Large Group, Attention and Focus

This is a fun activity that requires concentration and focus. It is ideal as a team building exercise or as an icebreaker to make people feel more comfortable with each other.


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