A simple and effective practice to break the barriers in a human group to create a safe starting point for a workshop or session. This practice focuses on building good relationships between attendees using enjoyable topics and activities.
Anybody who ever facilitated a workshop or training with a group of people knows how important it is to start in the right way. Ice Breakers provide an effective way to start a team-building event, helping people get to know each other and break the initial barriers in a human group.
This practice is very useful when participants come from different backgrounds, skills, organizations or they just simply don't know each other. People need to bond quickly so they can work towards a common goal, creating a team from scratch.
Many different kinds of activities are a good fit for an Ice Breaker. If you have some knowledge about the context of your audience, you could try to choose wisely by adapting the ice breakers to them.
A typical pattern in any Ice Breaker is attendees introducing themselves by sharing their name and role before the main Ice Breaker activity starts.
Some easy to do Ice Breakers examples:
Most of these Ice Breakers can be delivered in on-site or remote workshops.
Check out these great links which can help you dive a little deeper into running the Ice Breakers practice with your team, customers or stakeholders.