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Susan M. Heathfield

Top 10 Ice Breakers

By September 18, 2013

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Want to grab the attention of your meeting participants - in a good way? Ice breakers help you create participation and interest from the beginning of your meeting, training session, or team building activity.

Good ice breakers set the tone for your hour or your day-long session. While you don't need to do an ice breaker in a regularly scheduled meeting every time you meet, an occasional ice breaker helps with your team building goals.

Ice breakers with employees who know each other focus on team building and effective interaction. Ice breakers with strangers make new situations more comfortable and you are more likely to build participation by helping participants feel at ease communicating in a new setting.

I am a big fan of ice breakers done well. A bad ice breaker can negatively impact your session. I try out my ice breakers with real people who work. Only when I'm confident that the ice breakers I use will be effective, do I publish them for you to use, too.

These are my top 10 ice breakers by reader interest and my own experience using them with work groups. I am especially fond of my one-word ice breakers. And, I don't think that my ice breaker questions have received the interest that they deserve, They may not rock your world, but they're wonderful for meetings when you don't want to devote your whole session to an ice breaker.

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