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Page 1 Page 2 Eric Garner Icebreakers 65 of the best exercises to build team spirit in training 2 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 3 Icebreakers: 65 of the best exercises to build team spirit in training © 2012 Eric Garner & bookboon.com ISBN 978-87-7681-965-1 3 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 4 Icebreakers Contents Contents Preface 9 1 The Value of Teamwork 10 2 Name Tent Instructions 11 3 What I Know... 12 4 Normally... 13 5 The KSA Fit 14 6 On First Name Terms 15 7 Our Badge 16 8 The Washroom Notice 17 9 WIIFM 18 10 Dumb Questions 19 11 The Girder 20 A C A R EER W I T H I N F I N A N CE & I T Denmark’s largest provider of financial software solutions needs YOU! Offering you personal and professional growth We are a leading sup- The SimCorp culture is characterized by open Who are we looking for? plier of highly specialized dialogue, empowerment and fast decision-making. 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This gives you the and have 800+ emplo- opportunity to secure the know-how necessary to yees. perform efficiently. Care to join us? – Visit us at www.simcorp.com SIMCORP A/S · Oslo Plads 12 · DK-2100 Copenhagen O · Denmark · +45 35 44 88 00 · www.simcorp.com 4 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 5 Icebreakers Contents 12 Lucky Dip 21 13 Putting Us On The Map 22 14 Two Truths and A Lie 23 15 Human Bingo 24 16 Excuses, Excuses 25 17 Our Group 26 18 Hotball Build 27 19 What We Have In Common 28 20 Personal Sheets 29 21 The Draughtsboard 30 22 Hidden Phrases 31 23 That’s Torn It 32 24 Magazine Jigsaw 33 25 Alphabetter 34 Lighting, beyond illumination In 10 years 2/3 of people will be living in big cities. At Philips we focus on providing lighting beyond illumination to make these cities more livable, enjoyable and safe. #makeitmeaningful What will be your impact? www.philips.com/careers 5 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 6 Icebreakers Contents 26 Benefits and Features 35 27 Number Match 36 28 The Successometer 38 29 My Buddies 39 30 All Hell Breaks Loose 40 31 Solemn Face 41 32 Who Is The Mostest? 42 33 Party Pieces 43 34 Conceal the Celebrity 44 35 Three Shining Moments 45 36 The Bent Arm 47 37 Body Tensing 48 38 Human Spider Web 49 39 Tactile Copier 50 Start your career as a trainee and get ahead. #PIONIERGEIST Our trainees talk about their work at innogy and what #PIONIERGEIST means to them. Click and see! 6 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 7 Icebreakers Contents 40 Before And After 51 41 Word Ladders 52 42 Rope Circles 53 43 Preferences 54 44 Human Chairs 56 45 Where We’ve Been... 57 46 Conscious Competence 59 47 Course Certificate 60 48 Change of Habit 61 49 Personal Feedback 63 50 How Will I Know When I’ve Learnt? 64 51 My Learning Style 66 52 STOP Notes 67 53 The 7 Most Important Words 68 �e Graduate Programme I joined MITAS because for Engineers and Geoscientists I wanted real responsibili� www.discovermitas.com Maersk.com/Mitas � I joined MITAS because for Engin I wanted real responsibili� M Month 16 I was a construction M supervisor ina cons I was the North Sea supe advising and the N Real work he helping foremen advis International al opportunities Internationa �ree wo work or placements ssolve problems Real work he helping International Internationaal opportunities �ree wo work or placements ssolve p 7 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 8 Icebreakers Contents 54 Gold, Silver and Bronze 70 55 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 71 56 Team Quiz 73 57 These Are The Answers, Now What Are The Questions? 74 58 Hotball A to Z 76 59 Step By Step 77 60 Group Hangman 78 61 Neither Extreme 79 62 Matching Cards 80 63 A Course Scrapbook 81 64 Boat Race 82 65 Bubbles 83 Web Icebreaker Resources 84 WHAT WILL YOU INNOVATE? www.skoda-career.com 8 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 9 Icebreakers Preface Preface Introduction to Icebreakers Icebreakers are one of the most important sets of resources for trainers. Originally, an icebreaker was used at the start of a training course to “break the ice” between people who were out of their normal workplace environment and perhaps feeling nervous and apprehensive. They were also a useful way of getting people to speak up, join in, and have a bit of fun. From their “ice-breaking” role, icebreakers were further used at any points in a course to inject a change of pace, lighten the atmosphere, bring people together, or as a way of bringing home a learning point. Hence, today, it is quite normal to have icebreakers at the start of a course, the middle of a course (eg after a break), and at the end of a course to round things off. The 65 icebreakers in this book are some of the best that we, at ManageTrainLearn, have used over many years of management and personal effectiveness training. They are based on 3 criteria. First, they are short and easy to use. Second, they cover all learning styles, from the linguistic to visual, from interpersonal to intrapersonal, from physical to mathematical. Thirdly, they work. They do what they say they do. That’s why we have included detailed steps so that you can also get them to work and alternative suggestions so that you can develop them to fit your situation. Icebreakers should be fun for both you as trainer and for your trainees. They are a key ingredient in helping you deliver successful and memorable learning programmes. Profile of Author Eric Garner Eric Garner is an experienced management trainer with a knack for bringing the best out of individuals and teams. Eric founded ManageTrainLearn in 1995 as a corporate training company in the UK specialising in the 20 skills that people need for professional and personal success today. Since 2002, as part of KSA Training Ltd, ManageTrainLearn has been a major player in the e-learning market. Eric has a simple mission: to turn ManageTrainLearn into the best company in the world for producing and delivering quality online management products. Profile of ManageTrainLearn ManageTrainLearn is one of the top companies on the Internet for management training products, materials, and resources. Products range from training course plans to online courses, manuals to teambuilder exercises, mobile management apps to one-page skill summaries and a whole lot more. Whether you’re a manager, trainer, or learner, you’ll find just what you need at ManageTrainLearn to skyrocket your professional and personal success. 9 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 10 Icebreakers The Value of Teamwork 1 The Value of Teamwork This exercise invites trainees to think about the values that are important on the course. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 10 minutes Exercise Style: Values-setting Materials: Flipchart; paper; pens Steps: 1. Tell the group that there is one value that you think overrides all others on this programme and that you have written it in the centre of the flipchart and covered it up. 2. Go into small team mode. 3. Tell trainees that they have 5 minutes to jot down the values they think are important during the programme. They can also guess what value is in the centre of the flipchart. 4. After 5 minutes, invite the teams to write on the flipchart their values. Then reveal your value. If any team has included it in their list, reward them in a token way. Alternatives and Variations: The value that matters most on participative courses is Teamwork and this can be the value you write on the chart. However, it may be that other values are more important, eg Questioning; Participation; Support; in which case, use these instead. 10 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 11 Icebreakers Name Tent Instructions 2 Name Tent Instructions This exercise uses the course name tents to write inspirational sentences about the course. Preparation Time: 10 minutes Running Time: 15 minutes Exercise Style: Inspirational sayings Materials: Name tents; pens; markers Steps: 1. Go into small team mode. 2. Explain that the Training Director has had the inspired idea of printing useful learning advice on the back of name tents (the cards that are placed in front of trainees to show who they are). He would like the teams to devise suitable inspirational sentences for the cards. 3. Give teams 15 minutes to think up some ideas and write them on the cards. 4. Use the cards throughout the course. Alternatives and Variations: If teams are stuck, suggest some ideas of your own, such as “Learning is caught, not taught”; “If you want to earn more, learn more”; and “We have two ears and one mouth to do twice as much listening as talking”. 11 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 12 Icebreakers What I Know... 3 What I Know... This exercise gets teams of two to share their hopes about the course and to tell each other what they already know. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 10 minutes Exercise Style: Expectations from the course Materials: None Steps: 1. Go into paired discussion mode. 2. Tell pairs to discuss the two themes: “What I’m interested in finding out on this course” and “What I already know about this subject”. 3. On feeding back to the whole group, each person tells the group what they learnt from their partner. Alternatives and Variations: To make sure people don’t forget the second theme, interrupt everyone after 7 or 8 minutes on the first theme to change the discussion to the second theme. Other themes which can be chosen for the discussion are: “Why I’m on this course”; “The 3 things I most want to get from this course” and “How I’m going to use what I learn”. 12 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 13 Icebreakers Normally... 4 Normally... This exercise gets trainees to tell the group something about themselves by describing what they would be doing if they weren’t on the course. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 10 minutes Exercise Style: Self-introduction Materials: None Steps: 1. Stay in group introductory mode. 2. Instead of asking the group to introduce themselves individually by the usual name, title and why they’re on the course, ask them to say who they are and what they would normally be doing right now if they weren’t on the course. Alternatives and Variations: As an alternative when group members know one another, ask the first person to introduce the second person by saying what they think he or she would be doing right now if they weren’t on the course. Continue in this manner around the room. This can lead to some interesting perceptions of how others see us at work! A safer alternative if a group don’t know one another very well is to ask each person to write down their answers to the question on a flipchart and to include the “most boring” thing they might normally be doing now and the “most exciting”. 13 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 14 Icebreakers The KSA Fit 5 The KSA Fit This exercise invites teams to consider the knowledge, skill and attitude requirements of the course programme. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 15 minutes Exercise Style: Analysis of the course Materials: Flipcharts Steps: 1. Give an explanation of why the Knowledge, Skill and Attitude mix is important in doing any job well. Give examples, eg the knowledge, skill and attitude requirements of driving a car. 2. Go into small team mode. 3. Tell teams to consider the knowledge, skill and attitude requirements in the current topic and to list them separately on a flipchart. Rate each requirement out of 10 and produce a comparative graph. This is the KSA fit. 4. Invite teams to present their graphs to the whole group. Alternatives and Variations: Ask teams to think of the KSA fit in relation to any other skill they are familiar with. Split the whole group into 3 and get the first group to list the knowledge requirements, the second to list the skills and the third to list the attitudes. When lists have been posted, discuss how all of them can be incorporated into the programme. 14 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 15 Icebreakers On First Name Terms 6 On First Name Terms This exercise gets everyone to talk about themselves and their backgrounds by discussing their first name. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 20 minutes Exercise Style: Introduction and getting-to-know-you session Materials: None Steps: 1. Use this exercise for introductions. 2. Ask trainees to tell everyone what their first name is, where it comes from, who choose it, why, what special significance it has in the person’s family, what its equivalent in other countries is, amusing incidents from the past to do with the name, and so on. 3. Go round the whole group in turn. Alternatives and Variations: As an alternative, ask other trainees to quiz each speaker about their name. Or, ask trainees if they like their name and if not, what they would have preferred to have been called. Instead of speaking in the group, individuals can design A1 posters based on their names. If the group is a little unsure, this exercise can be done in small teams. DENMARK Are you looking to further your cleantech career in an innovative environment with excellent IS HIRING work/life balance? Think Denmark! Visit cleantech.talentattractiondenmark.com “In Denmark you can find great engineering jobs and develop yourself professionally. Especially in the wind sector you can learn from the best people in the industry and advance your career in a stable job market.” Mireia Marrè, Advanced Engineer from Spain. Working in the wind industry in Denmark since 2010. 15 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 16 Icebreakers Our Badge 7 Our Badge This exercise gets teams to design and draw a badge to represent their team. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 20 minutes Exercise Style: Poster design Materials: Flipchart; markers; blu-tack Steps: 1. Go into small team mode. 2. Hand out flipcharts and poster markers and instruct the team to design and draw a badge that represents their team. The badge should say something about each member of the team, the course subject and how the team see themselves as a team. 3. The finished badges should be displayed and presented by the teams. Alternatives and Variations: Each team can challenge other teams to work out what their badges mean. The designs can be transferred to actual badges and A4 paper and used to mark the team’s territory if they work on other tasks together. A motto can be included in the badge’s design. You can also get the designs printed on T-shirts for each team to wear. 16 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 17 Icebreakers The Washroom Notice 8 The Washroom Notice This exercise uses a washroom notice to devise ten commandments of learning. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 20 minutes Exercise Style: Learning phrases Materials: Paper; pens; markers; flipcharts; laminator; printer Steps: 1. Go into small team mode. 2. Explain that the Training Director has had the inspired idea of producing a Ten Commandments of Learning which he wants to post in the one place where everyone is sure to read it: the washroom of the training centre. 3. He now wants your team to devise 10 rules of learning. 4. Give teams 15 minutes to devise their lists and put them on flipcharts. 5. Teams re-convene and present their lists. These can be printed and laminated and duly posted in the washrooms. Alternatives and Variations: If teams are stuck, suggest some ideas to get people working, such as “If you don’t understand, ask”; “Take responsibility for your own learning”; and “The big money is in the dumb questions”. 17 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 18 Icebreakers WIIFM 9 WIIFM This exercise helps individuals identify the benefits to them personally of learning the skills in this programme. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 15 minutes Exercise Style: Identifying learning benefits Materials: Paper; pens Steps: 1. WIIFM stands for “What’s In It For Me?” which is the question asked whenever we want to know the benefits of anything we are asked to do. 2. Ask trainees to brainstorm all the possible benefits of this programme now and in the future. 3. Go into paired discussion mode and ask trainees to share what they have written with someone else. Alternatives and Variations: Get trainees to consider the benefits of this programme in the following areas: financial; material; relationship; organisational; self-developmental; career; personal; and just for fun. ZZZVWXG\DWWXGHOIWQO ‡5DQNHGWKLQWKHZRUOG  7+(67HFKQRORJ\UDQNLQJ Page 19 ‡$OPRVW\HDUVRISUREOHPVROYLQJ  H[SHULHQFH ‡([FHOOHQW6SRUWV &XOWXUHIDFLOLWLHV ‡&KHFNRXWZKDWDQGKRZZHWHDFKDW  ZZZRFZWXGHOIWQO 18 Click on the ad to read more Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 20 Icebreakers Dumb Questions 10 Dumb Questions This exercise encourages trainees not to be shy in asking what they think may be stupid questions. Preparation Time: 5 minutes Running Time: 5 minutes Exercise Style: Questions from the group Materials: None Steps: 1. Point out that there is no such thing as a dumb question.only dumb answers! 2. Add that nobody should feel embarrassed or judged by asking any question that they think is dumb. To prove it, you’d like everyone to think of really dumb but relevant questions about the course and jot them down. When they have some 5 or 6 dumb questions, get them to feed them back to the rest of the group. 3. To show you don’t want to be left out, kick off with some of your own, such as “Do you like my shoes?”; “Are your seats comfortable?”; “Did you like the introduction?”. Alternatives and Variations: Get the group to vote on the dumbest question. 19 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com Page 21 Icebreakers The Girder 11 The Girder This exercise is a quick teambuilder that gets the team to work closely together to achieve team tasks. Preparation Time: 10 minutes Running Time: 10 minutes Exercise Style: Quick teambuilder Materials: Masking tape; floor space to lay out the “girder” Steps: 1. Before the session, use the tape to mark out a rectangle space on the floor measuring 18” wide by 1 foot for every trainee on the course. 2. Tell the group that you’d like them to stand inside the taped rectangle and imagine that they are stranded on a girder 100 feet high on a construction site. If they step outside the tape, they will fall to their death. 3. When everyone is on the girder, tell them that to get off they need to accomplish three tasks. 4. The first task is to arrange themselves from one end to the other of the girder in order of birth date, January to December. Tell them to start. 5. Check nobody oversteps the mark and check the birthdate order. 6. The second task is to arrange themselves in order of house number. Again check that nobody oversteps and check the final order. 7. Lastly, ask the group to arrange themselves in order of their height. Once again check that nobody oversteps and check the height order. 8. If the group have succeeded in all three tasks, they may leave the girder. Alternatives and Variations: Time the first task and then challenge the group to do the second task in less than half the time of the first task, and the third task in less than half the time of the second task. 20 Download free eBooks at bookboon.com

 

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