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Let's talk about Icebreakers
Sometimes when people hear the word 'icebreaker' they cringe or might feel super anxious about taking part in one. Yes, icebreakers can make you feel a bit awkward initially, but they are proven to help enhance relationships and encourage creativity. 'Icebreakers can help increase team bonds, boost performance and creativity'—Harvard Business School study Integrating icebreakers into your workshops or meetings is a great way to get everyone relaxed and ready to participate. But how do you choose the right ones so that you avoid those dreaded awkward silences? Here are my Top 2 Icebreakers that are easy to implement (in-person or online): 1. My First Job Ask everyone in the group to write down their name, their first job, and what they learned from that job. Then go round the group and have everybody read theirs out. 2. Pointless Questions Prepare a few fun questions ahead of the workshop, then go round the room and have everybody take turns answering the questions. It’s as simple as that—you don’t even need to write anything down! Here are some question suggestions to get you started: - If you could invite a celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why? - What is your most prized possession and why? - You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life. What do you choose? Here are some more icebreakers for you to explore! What's another great icebreaker that I can add to my list?
New comment Jan 9
1 like • Jan '23
@Martijn van Kesteren Brilliant ... video was really helpful.
6 likes • Feb '23
Chad Littlefield offers free resources. The Connect Cards are a series of questions that are brilliant to start a meeting. The cards are categorized by self reflection, fun & light and questions that are a bit deeper. Free Tools and Resources by We and Me: Chad's YouTube Channel:
What are your thoughts on Virtual Facilitation?🖥️
As more and more workshops and meetings are being held online, it's important to understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with virtual facilitation. I have found that one of my best practices for virtual facilitation is to create a structured agenda and to stick to it. I also make sure to use interactive tools such as breakout rooms and polls to keep my audience engaged. Another tip that I follow is to actively monitor and manage group dynamics, as it can be more challenging to read the room when working remotely. From building engagement to managing distractions, how do you ensure your virtual workshops are productive and effective? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below and let's start a conversation about virtual facilitation best practices.
New comment Aug '23
8 likes • Feb '23
I enjoy virtual facilitation. I use the Heart, Head and Hand approach to virtual facilitation. Heart: Building a sense of community immediately upon entering the virtual environment. Objective to build social presence & collaborative learning, community & targeted individualized approaches. Head: Structures/processes that ensure proficiency, rigorous design & facilitation within context of subject. Those provocations that ignite understandings, knowledge or skills that are being discovered. Hands: Takeaways for immediate application to current role. Task Orientation. redesign or reinvent current practices based on this virtual session. Hands also refers to a shift in state to have attendees move virtually (as in break out rooms) and physically within their own environment. I kind of made this up based on transformative learning: affective, cognitive and psychomotor domains. I use this framework, Heart, Head and Hand approach, when facilitating virtually and on-site. Kind of like a checklist for me.
4 likes • Feb '23
@Kerri Price Yes! Clarifying the meeting expectations sets the stage for the learning. Thank you for sharing.
After Lunch Virtual Energizer
Hi Everyone! So much experience and expertise in this community ... thrilled to be a member. I have a four-hour (same day) virtual session coming up and after the hour lunch break, I begin with energizer that gets the participants out of their seats and have a laugh. I have done ... find objects, eye yoga and the “after lunch shuffle”. Please what are your ideas? Thank you for sharing! Take care.
New comment Mar '23
1 like • Jan '23
@Will Stammers Thank you!!! Such a good idea. Stay well.
2 likes • Jan '23
@Kerri Price Same here! Also, I place a few cards in the middle of the table and each participant selects one and shares: Heart, what resonated with you from the session? Spade, what will you start doing tomorrow? Club, what do you still need additional advice? Diamond, what additional questions do you have?
How are you using silence in workshops?
The first time I ever facilitated a workshop, I was terrified. I had never been in charge of keeping a conversation on track before, and I certainly didn't know how to handle silence.Silence is a fundamental tool for facilitation. In fact, it can help teams to better collaborate and come up with creative solutions for highly complex problems. At first, silence may be seen as a challenge to participants, but over time, they realize that silence allows them to listen more carefully and think more deeply about their proposals.They also understand that silence gives others the opportunity to do the same, and as a result, everyone becomes more thoughtful in their interactions and produces better results. Working together-alone is a way to use silence. Walking meditation is another. How are you using silence in facilitation?
New comment Mar '23
2 likes • Jan '23
Learning from all your comments and agree ... "silence" is essential to respect the thinking processes of attendees. Depending on the task, music is played. There is something magical about a silent room ... a friend of mine calls it the ... "facilitation hummmmm."
How to Force Different Perspectives
When everyone is on the same page about a way forward, it's easy to think we've done our job as a facilitator. That's certainly the end result we're looking for, after all. The problem is, if we get there too quickly, there's every chance there's been things left unsaid--or unexplored. 💭 Group-think may make finding consensus easy, but it doesn’t necessarily bring the best ideas or solutions. If you’re working with a group that is ALWAYS in agreement, try posing this question: “𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗴𝘂𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲?” 💥 Forcing a different argument is a great way to unearth new possibilities.
New comment Mar '23
1 like • Jan '23
@David Finnegan I have used the 4A Protocol of which participants appreciated focusing on a specific lens. I don't always use every "A". What Assumptions are there? What do you Agree with? What do you want to Argue? What do you Aspire to? Can be used for text, video reflection or provocation. Source:
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