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Icebreakers- The Do’s and Don’ts of Icebreakers

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Icebreaker games and activities are a great way to break up the monotony of a meeting, seminar, or class. Icebreakers are also the perfect opportunity to ease people through the discomfort that comes with getting to know strangers.

A well-chosen icebreaker game can relax the mood, but a poorly chosen icebreaker can have the opposite effect, making people feel nervous and uncomfortable. These do’s and don’ts will help you choose the right kind of icebreakers for your event.

Do’s
  • Do use icebreakers to create a more relaxed environment.
  • Do use icebreakers as topic lead-ins during class and meetings.
  • Do choose the right game for the right group.
  • Do make sure that you have the right amount of people for the game that you choose.
  • Do make the instructions for the icebreaker as simple as possible.
  • Do keep your eye on the participants. Make sure that they are having fun.
  • Do be ready to improvise if necessary.
  • Do have a back-up plan. If the icebreaker isn’t working, you will need it.
Don’ts
  • Don’t introduce an icebreaker game that will make others uncomfortable- physically or mentally.
  • Don’t underestimate the time it will take to complete the icebreaker game or activity.
  • Don’t forget to bring all of the materials that you need.
  • Don’t limit icebreakers to the beginning of a meeting/class. Use them to revitalize the group at any time.
  • Don’t force people to participate.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of which ice breakers work and which ones don’t.
  • Don’t choose complicated icebreakers. Keep it simple.

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