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Icebreakers. What are icebreakers?. Icebreakers are tools and/or short exercise that enables interaction, stimulate creative thinking, challenge basic assumptions, illustrate new concepts, and introduce specific material. Icebreakers are used in group processes or projects to:.

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What are icebreakers
What are icebreakers?

Icebreakers are tools and/or short exercise that enables interaction, stimulate creative thinking, challenge basic assumptions, illustrate new concepts, and introduce specific material.


Icebreakers are used in group processes or projects to
Icebreakers are used in group processes or projects to:

  • Help a group get acquainted and feel more comfortable with each other.

  • Creates a non-threatening environment and trust within a group.

  • Provide a preview of topic for discussion.

  • Teach a skill.

  • Encourages people to have fun and participate.


Icebreakers are also used to
Icebreakers are also used to:

  • Evoke a response

  • Create awareness

  • Move a team forward in a project


How are icebreakers used
How are icebreakers used?

  • Used anytime during the meeting

  • Appropriate to the group, application, or content

  • Structured


Icebreakers work best when participants are given
Icebreakers work best when participants are given:

  • rationale for the activity.

  • objectives of the activity.

  • structure of the activity.

  • opportunity to ask questions.

  • permission to participate at their own level of comfort.


Examples of icebreakers
Examples of Icebreakers:

  • Change:

    Warhead Exercise


Examples of icebreakers1
Examples of Icebreakers:

  • Awareness:

    Recall Exercise

“DE-X-ES”


Examples of icebreakers2
Examples of Icebreakers:

  • Introduce topic for discussion:

    Cartoon Qualities


Icebreaker resources
Icebreaker Resources:

  • http://www.odportal.com/training/icebreakers.htm

  • http://www.humanpingpongball.com/index.html

  • http://www.astd.org

  • Local Library


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