The advice seemed so obvious, I was caught off-guard by its simplicity. I was part of a conference workshop in which everyone in the room…
Or, put another way, what makes an ice-breaker an ice-breaker (as distinct from any other group activity?)
Sometimes, this is simply asking the question some program leaders are not willing to ask themselves – Why didn’t my opening exercise work?
Many leaders think that simply adding an activity to the beginning of their program makes it an ice-breaker.
So, the question is – what is an ice-breaker?
To truly qualify as an ice-breaker, an activity (or any experience) must reflect most, if not all, of the following five criteria. An ice-breaker must be:
So, if an activity or experience you are considering does not tick off 3, 4 or (hopefully) all 5 of these attributes and you’re calling it an ‘ice-breaker,’ don’t do it! It is highly unlikely it will prepare your group for whatever you have in store for them.
And isn’t that the whole point…?
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