Yesterday, I started the “Three Truths and a Lie” icebreaker. Not many responses in the blog comments themselves (Hello? Testing…one, two…is this thing on?), but I had to laugh at the handful of emails, Twitter messages and even a text I got from people trying to guess which one was my lie.
So, here’s the big reveal! The LIE was….
I graduated 20 years ago, but I still hold a school record in swimming at my high school.
The only thing that is even remotely true here is that I graduated from high school 20 years ago. I don’t even know how to swim. And, for an interesting twist, my high school was tiny…we didn’t even have a pool OR a swim team! Heeey-oh!
This would make these statements my 3 TRUTHS:
I have a crippling fear of hamsters.
And mice. And rats. And gerbils. And squirrels. And chipmunks. And bats. And ferrets. And anything else even remotely rodent-like. Can. Not. Handle. It.
I have been to 45 of the 50 states.
I’m on a quest to visit all 50 states before I’m 40. Which means, if your organization is in North Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon or Alaska, please call me if you need a workshop facilitator or your organization has other learning or onboarding needs…because I have exactly one year, nine months and five days to visit your state. #lamesalespitch
I own over 100 pairs of shoes.
Why do I share this info with you, dear reader? A few reasons:
1. Icebreakers give a group a chance to level-set and find common ground in a relaxed, non-threatening way.
2. Icebreakers allow a facilitator to communicate objectives and assemble the group to effectively start an event.
3. Icebreakers create an interactive environment that is conducive for learning.
Sometimes, it can be easy to bypass the icebreaker/introduction stage, jumping right into the training content, particularly when participants know one another. When we do this, we’re neglecting a vital opportunity to engage the group, build upon their natural energy and set the stage for a successful learning event.
So, if you’ve shelved your icebreaker bag-o’-tricks, dust it off and try one out the next time you’re kicking off a training session! If you need some new ideas, I found this interesting resource on the MindTools website. Happy ice-breaking!
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