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Icebreakers and games for training and workshops

Icebreakers and games for training and workshops



My preferred icebreakers and games for mid level workshops and training. I like very much the 10 dollar auction game!

My preferred icebreakers and games for mid level workshops and training. I like very much the 10 dollar auction game!



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  • If you have more than 25 then you may want to divide into 2 or more groups.
  • Tip: They will ask you which end should be the highest and which end of the line the lowest ? Let them figure it out. 
  • This activity is generally more effective when used during the later stage of the training program or session. It takes about 7 minutes and is best suited for a group of 20 or less participants.
  • Observe the differences. There will probably be much laughter.Ask the group why no one’s paper matched yours. (You will Probably get responses like “You didn’t let us ask questions!” or“Your directions could be interpreted in different ways.”)Then, lead into a presentation on the need for two-way communication in the workplace.
  • This fun little exercise is quite effective for demonstrating the benefits of internal competition (i.e. employee enthusiasm, energy, adrenaline) and the possible downsides of an adversarial environment (i.e. fiscal irresponsibility and short-sidedness).  It might also just make you a few easy bucks as well. 

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  • Or on social media: Twitter @fredhaentjens linkedin.com/in/fhaentjens Facebook.com/fredhaentjensIcebreakers and games
  • Icebreaker – Alphabet searchThe game:Divide yourselves into small groups.Instructions:Search your person for objects that you have on you orwith you ranging from A-Z. Make a list. First group to getall 26 letters represented wins.Tips:You can play with finding things in the space you are in.
  • Icebreaker – Lined Up (verbal)STEP 1Instructions:Get up out of your seats. I will ask you to line up indifferent orders.Example:Street address numbers – chronologically, shoesize, birthdays
  • Icebreaker – Lined Up (non-verbal)STEP 2Now we will do the exercise non-verbally. You are notallowed to talk!Example:Age and Height and Shades of your shirts, blouse or topof your dress; lightest to darkest colors.
  • Icebreaker – Ha!Description:This exercise is to pass the word ha around a circle.Instructions:Form a circle. The objective of this activity is, withoutlaughing, to pass the word "ha" around the circle. I willdesignate one participant to be the head of the circle.That participant begins by saying "ha". The person sittingto his or her right must repeat the "ha" and then sayanother "ha." The third person must say ha ha and thengiven an additional "ha."
  • Icebreaker – Ha! Yuck!Variations:Use another word in place of "ha." For example: "yuck,""har," or "tee hee."Instructions:Repeat the "has" stopping only to let the person whoseturn it is pipe in with his or her own. You can continue theexercise for five minutes regardless of how many timesthe "has" go around the circle.
  • Game - ListeningDescription:Three people sit in chairs facing the audience. They act asif they have one mind between them (i.e. they cross theirlegs at the same time and mirror each other’smovements as close as possible).They are The Caregiver Expert a being with three bodiesbut only one mind. A being three times smarter thananyone else in the room. As such an intellectualpowerhouse The Caregiver Expert can answer allquestions.
  • Game - ListeningThe game begins by getting a question from theaudience. The three people answer the question byspeaking one word per person to form sentences. Afterthe third person speaks the third word the answer cancontinue with the first person speaking another word andso forth untill the question is answered.The only goal is to listen to the person before and answerquickly. Example of an audience question: Why is the skyblue?The Caregiver Expert :The - sky - is - blue - because - it - is - not - green.
  • Game - Paper-TearingDescription:We are going to play a game that will show us someimportant things about communication. Pick up yoursheet of paper and hold it in front of you. Now, close youreyes and follow the directions I will give you—and nopeeking! Participants cannot ask questions.
  • Game - Paper-TearingInstruction:1. “The first thing I want you to do is to fold your sheet of paper in half.2. Now tear off the upper right-hand corner.3. Fold it in half again and tear off the upper left hand corner of the sheet.4. Fold it in half again. Now tear off the lower right- hand corner of the sheet.” Now open your eyes, and let’s see what you have. If I did a good job of communicating and you did a good job of listening, all of our sheets should look the same! Hold your sheet up for them to see.
  • Game - Ten-Dollar AuctionInstruction:FIRST, I will be auctioning off a 20 Baht bill.The bidding begins at 10 Baht, and yes, I really will begiving out the money, no matter how low the highestbid.The game continues until I call out “Going, going, gone”.SECOND, I am conducting the auction again.This time, the two highest bidders (the winner AND therunner-up) must BOTH pay out their bids, regardless ofthe winner.
  • Game - Ten-Dollar AuctionThe Point: Competition has a price. In our effort to beat out ourrivals (often co-workers), we can easily fall into behaviour thatdisregards cost and time efficiency.20 Baht has a clear monetary value of exactly 20 Baht in an even-tempered, thoughtful business environment.Once competition is added to the mix, however, the atmospherebecomes more charged and the opportunity increases for hasty andimprudent decision-making. A 20 Baht bill, in this short-sighted, antagonistic environment, now gets purchased at 40, or60, or even 100 Baht sometimes! PPeople lose sight of what a $10 bill really is; namely, a $10 bill!