How much do I want to read more? 2/10
The introduction and tips at the begining of the book were not bad: we all need to facilitate human socialization, as it's not always as natural as it may sound.
However, after the introduction, the whole book is rather "weird". It's just a listing of activities we may do in groups, like role-play games, word games.
I didn't find any of those game to be attractive. I can't imagine myself doing any of those.
Icebreakers encourage self-disclosure, humor, respect for others and their opinions, thought, and creativity. They provide an escape valve for tension from daily interactions. Most importantly, they allow people to laugh at themselves.
Tips for Facilitators
- Why am I thinking about using an icebreaker? In other words, what value would an icebreaker add to this situation?
- What would be the result if I didn’t use an icebreaker?
- What icebreaker would create the experience needed?
- How will this group of people react to this icebreaker?
- How should I introduce it, facilitate it, and close it?
- How will I know if it’s been successful?
- What’s the worst that could happen if I use an icebreaker, and how would I deal with it?
“Since we don’t know one another, I thought it might be helpful to take a few minutes to find out something about each other.”
“Since we will soon be leaving for a break, I thought it might be useful to have some information about one another that we could explore further over the break.”
“It is important for teams to get used to working together, so to begin with we’re going to have an opportunity to practice a bit”
“I’m going to ask you to do something that you would probably never choose to do yourself. However, this particular task has relevance to what we’ll be doing here today.”
“Groups often work together better when they have information about one another. I have an activity that will allow us to get to know one another, and have fun in the process.”
“We have been sitting for a long time. It is time for a stretch break.”
“Thank you for indulging me.” “Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?”
“Now, that we have shared so many of our idiosyncrasies, we have nothing else to fear.”
“You have proven that as a team you will make it—at least when doing icebreakers.”
“I hope you’ve learned something about yourself and others that will be helpful…”
“What have you learned about each other?”