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Have you ever been in a meeting where energy levels are low, where people are disengaged or bored?
Or maybe people feel awkward because they have just been thrown together and do not know each other.
Icebreakers are activities of usually around 15 minutes, whereas energizers are quick bursts of activity to re-energize tired or disengaged participants.
In either case a good icebreaker or energizer can change the dynamics in the room and engage everyone.
During the onboarding process of new remote employees, Icebreaker and energizer games are often overlooked.
Icebreakers are fun activities to help people get to know one another. Instructors can use them to help acquaint students with course content and expectations.
Energizers and Icebreakers can also be designed to help warm up online learning spaces and orient students to the online environment.
We can’t talk about icebreakers without automatically assuming that fun and enjoyment are also on the table.
Icebreakers are short, practical and fun. You can use them in brainstorms, training sessions, committees, discussions and business meetings. They motivate and stimulate people. Icebreakers can help you to run much more effective meetings because people are more enthusiastic and engaged. Each participant will be glad that you involved them early and broke the ice!
Building a strong team that knows one another is absolutely critical to having a successful organization.
Paul is a professional keynote conference speaker and expert facilitator on innovation and lateral thinking. He helps companies improve idea generation and creative leadership. His workshops transform innovation leadership skills and generate great ideas for business issues. His recent clients include Airbus, Microsoft, Unilever, Nike, Novartis and Swarovski. He has published 30 books on lateral thinking puzzles, innovation, leadership and problem solving (with over 2 million copies sold). He also acts as link presenter at conferences and facilitator at high level meetings such as a corporate advisory board. He has acted as host or MC at Awards Dinners. Previously, he was CEO of Monactive, VP International of MathSoft and UK MD of Ashton-Tate. He recently launched a series of podcast interviews entitled Insights from Successful People.
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