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Category: Icebreakers

Making “Big Talk” Safe

Making “Big Talk” Safe

Big Talk. I loved the expression as soon as I heard it. Enough with “small talk,” let’s shoot for more meaningful conversations. I had been developing probing conversation starters for over 20 years, when I came upon Kalina Silverman’s TED Talk. I was also excited to learn she’s a fell... Read More
Make “Virtual” Meetings Magnificent!

Make “Virtual” Meetings Magnificent!

We attended HRDQ-U’s webinar with trainer extraordinaire, Cindy Huggett — Converting Classroom Activities to Engaging Virtual Activities. Cindy was chock-full of ideas to make Virtual Meetings Magnificent and we wanted to share with you! “Transform” activities – donR... Read More
7 Tips for Formulating Great Questions

7 Tips for Formulating Great Questions

As a designer of conversation starter tools, which I’m proud to say have been wonderfully received, I have some strong feelings about what makes a good icebreaker question and what simply fails to inspire sharing. If you’re hoping to weed through the millions of discussion-starter ques... Read More
Energize Mini-Trainings at Work

Energize Mini-Trainings at Work

On a recent LinkedIN Conversation in the Effective and Fun Training Techniques group, Jason Hughes asked for some recommended icebreakers, energizers, tips or tools for the face-to-face training of his small team, who generally already know each other. Often, he trains just a couple people at a time... Read More
Learning how to talk to each other again

Learning how to talk to each other again

After the most divisive political season in our nation’s history, I think we’re all trying to figure out how to move on. We talk about unifying our divided country, about building mutual support and repairing relationships, but have little idea how to do it. The key to building relations... Read More
Getting to Know You – How deep can you go?

Getting to Know You – How deep can you go?

I have a friend who’s always said you don’t have to get to know someone in the first 5 minutes… or even the first few times you meet. It takes a lifetime to get to know someone. How true that is. And yet, for many, our tendency is to rush and learn as quickly as possible… Read More
Networking Icebreakers for Large Groups

Networking Icebreakers for Large Groups

Diane Schabath posted a question on LinkedIN, asking for icebreaker suggestions to use at a company-wide meeting. “The challenge,” she said, is that it needs to be something that people complete as they arrive; we want people to mix and meet each other but not wait until all 90 team mem... Read More
300+ ideas from Aditya Nugraha

300+ ideas from Aditya Nugraha

On Linked-IN this month, Aditya Nugraha offered to share a collection of 300 Presentation and Icebreaker tips. Many people requested his notes and commented that they were happy to have them. Thank you to Aditya for allowing me to share them here:   Presentations_-300_plus_ideas.... Read More
Celebrate learning  . . . Olympics-Style Training

Celebrate learning . . . Olympics-Style Training

I’ll say it again. I love the Olympics!  I love watching the athletes’ concentration, performance, and emotions. I’m fascinated by how the human body adapts to different sports. I wonder at that commitment and training it takes to become an Olympic athlete. I’ve also thought... Read More
Roundtable Roulette

Roundtable Roulette

Last week,  as a member of the National E-tailing and Mailing Organization of America (NEMOA), I conducted a breakfast roundtable for a group of small business owners. Typically at breakfast roundtables, you sit with one table of eight to ten people and stay there for the duration of the event. You... Read More