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Why do you need icebreakers?

Have you participated in more than your share of bad icebreakers? Those introductory exercises that happen when someone wants to get a group engaged. Ones where you just want it to be over fast? [...]

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Tip: Let's Talk Conflict

Shhhhh… If we don’t talk about it, maybe it won’t happen. Let sleeping giants lie. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe it will just go away. Any of these sound [...]

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Icebreaker: A Deck In The Hand…

Sometimes, you just never know when VisualsSpeak may come in handy! Take, for instance, the case of Jane Schue. Jane is a facilitator who is working with a local nonprofit, Life By Design NW. [...]

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Working with Stressed Teams

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Group Storytelling: Once Upon a Group

Purpose: This exercise gets energy flowing by tapping into the creative side of the participants Process: Each participant adds one or two sentences—and an image—to the story that begins with the [...]

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Icebreaker: Trust for Success

Purpose: This icebreaker gives people a chance to talk about what success looks like to them. Answers will help indicate how trust can be built or eroded. Choose a prompt. This may seem like a [...]

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Visual Writing Prompts: Easy Free-Writer

Purpose This exercise gives participants a chance to slow down and take stock of where they are in the process. It lets them focus on a particular area of what they have covered so far. Choose a [...]

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Stop whining and see alternatives

Everyday we hear stories about how stressed our customers organizations are. Continuous change, resource limitations, and uncertainty are the themes that are constant companions. What is whining [...]

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Visual Icebreaker: Today's Hope for the Meeting

Purpose: This icebreaker gets people to talk about what they want out of the session, and to add their concerns
 to the process. They can also weigh everyone’s views and hopefully accommodate [...]

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Tip: Make your icebreakers meaningful

Believe it or not, icebreakers can be a loaded topic for some people. Announcing this kind of exercise can leave people feeling anxious, because they might have to do something that is outside of [...]

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Visual Icebreaker: Teaming Up

Purpose: This exercise gets people engaged in a conversation about effective teams and not-so-effective ones. It will give you information on what your participants want to better team. It is [...]

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Visual Wrap-up: Today's Take

Purpose This exercise gives participants a chance to talk about their perceptions and feelings about the meeting/process. Choose a prompt. This may seem like a quick and obvious step, but [...]

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Visual Icebreaker: Can I trust you?

Purpose: This icebreaker provides an opportunity to start the process of finding out what trust means to the group. Choose a prompt. This may seem like a quick and obvious step, but actually, it [...]

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Mini-Assessment Icebreaker: Gooooooooalllllllll!

Drawn from our Visual Icebreaker Kit, this is a sample exercise that helps a facilitator conduct a mini-assessment of the group.

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Sparking Engagement Icebreaker: What's On The Docket?

Drawn from our Visual Icebreaker Kit, here's a sample activity that helps a group get engaged and aligned with each other and the topic.

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Making Introductions Icebreaker: Don't You Know Who I Am?

Drawn from our Visual Icebreaker Kit, here is a sample activity that helps a group make introductions with each other.

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