Searching in All the Wrong Places
Avoid the Irrelevant and Boring Icebreakers
Wow, How, Now
At the beginning of a training module, introduce the topic you're about to address. Ask participants to find a partner and take 2 minute to identify 3-5 things they already know about the topic.
Once they have done so, ask a few volunteers to share their exisiting knowledge of the topic.
Mild and Wild
After introducing your topic, ask participants to take 3 minutes to pair up with a partner and answer these 2 questions:
After their 3-minute discussion, ask a few volunteers to share their mild and wild challenges with the larger group.
As an icebreaker for a session on conflict management or interpersonal communication, ask participants to pair up with a partner and take 3 minutes to discuss the things we do to avoid having difficult conversations with others. After 3 minutes, ask a few volunteers to share what they learned in their discussions.
At the end of your training session, provide each participant with 1 Post-It Note. Ask them to take 2 minutes to write 1-3 actions they will take in the next 3 days to reinforce their learning. Have participants attach their notes to the front of their handout materials so they will see and act upon their plan when they return to their workplaces.
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