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Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

You can use the Pick-a-Partner ice breaker to warm up a group and enable participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. While the ice breaker can be used to start off a day’s session, it is most effective when participants break for lunch. Several variations of the basic ice breaker are suggested so that you can add variety on different days of your ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Procedure: Ask participants to list across the top of their paper the days of the week starting with Monday through Sunday. Have participants close their eyes and imagine a color for each day of the week. Have participants write the color they identified under each day on their paper.  Start with Monday and ask for volunteers to share their ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Need a quick, no preparation ice breaker that works like a charm to break the ice in a meeting or training session? Highly adaptable, this ice breaker leads the participants right into the content of your meeting or training class. Here is my one word ice breaker and my suggestions about how to endlessly adapt this ice breaker to your participants' needs. One Word ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Popular social networking tools such as Facebook and Google+ encourage friends to share what is on their mind in very brief status updates. These status updates may be written words, images, videos, or songs. For this activity, each team member will provide a status update to share his or her feelings about the team or the project they are working on. Other team ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

Have the group sit in a circle Start with a few people in the circle and ask them to follow you as you do the following actions. Make your way around the circle. And when you get back to the first group, do the next action on the list: rub your hands together snap your fingers clap your hands slap your thighs stomp your feet slap your thighs clap your ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

Email each team member to provide him or her with the name of another person on the team. Sometime between receipt of the email and the next team meeting (or some other specified time period), each team member must surprise his or her partner by buying the partner lunch. This will require some undercover research as the team members figure out when the other ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This one is a really simple activity for ice-breakers and team introductions, and great for demonstrating the need for communications and team-working when developing virtual teams and a 'joined up' approach.  Split the group into teams of equal numbers between three and ten people. Ask the teams to stand and form into clusters. (The exercise is a test of ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Ask your group to form a circle. You will also form part of the circle with the throwables within easy reach. Explain: “I’m going to start by tossing this ball to someone else in the circle. If you receive it, toss it to someone else in the circle not immediately on either side of you. That person will toss it to another person who has not yet received it and ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

The facilitator starts by describing the activity and then demonstrating. Each person will say his/her first name followed by a dance move. The rest of the group imitates the move, while repeating the person's name 3 times (e.g. "Joe!, Joe!, Joe!" while doing the sprinkler dance - example video) The kinesthetic motion and repetition help people remember the ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four or five people by having them number off. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to share their five favorite movies of all time, or their five favorite novels, or their five least liked films, ...
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