Making Introductions

Find out more about when to use the exercises in this section.

VisualsSpeak Core: Don’t You Know Who I Am?

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker allows each participant to share a little about themselves and what they can contribute to the team.

Process:

  • State the prompt
  • Give participants 30 seconds to select an image
  • Participants share about their response with the group
  • Debrief

Prompt: Who are you and what do you bring to the team?

Variants:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you bring to the team?
  • Share something about yourself with the group.

Debrief:

  • What was the process like for you?
  • What did you notice?
  • Was there anything interesting or surprising?
  • Do you have any new insights?
  • Did you notice any patterns or trends?
  • Does anyone want to add anything else?

VisualsSpeak Core: S.O.S.! Share Our Strengths!

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gives the group and team leader an opportunity to better understand the strengths of the group.

Process:

  • State the prompt
  • Give participants 30 seconds to select an image
  • Participants share about their response with the group
  • Debrief

Prompt: What is a characteristic or strength you have that can help others?

Variant:

  • What is a characteristic or strength that a friend would say you have?

Debrief:

  • What was the process like for you?
  • What did you notice?
  • Was there anything interesting or surprising?
  • Do you have any new insights?
  • Did you notice any patterns or trends?
  • Does anyone want to add anything else?

 

VisualsSpeak Core: Make a Wish!

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gives the speaker an opportunity to reveal something personal about themselves in a safe, unforced way.

Process:

  • State the prompt
  • Give participants 30 seconds to select an image
  • Participants share about their response with the group
  • Debrief

Prompt: What is a wish or desire you have for yourself?

Variant:

  • What is a wish or desire you have for the group?

Debrief:

  • What was the process like for you?
  • What did you notice?
  • Was there anything interesting or surprising?
  • Do you have any new insights?
  • Did you notice any patterns or trends?
  • Does anyone want to add anything else?

Creative Name Tents

Note: If you are doing this exercise remotely, the name tents will be virtual. You could create PDFs of each individual image and email them to all the participants. If you’re doing the exercise in the same location as the participants, print them out and have people fold them and put their name plates on the table. This will be a good source of conversation throughout your time together!

Purpose: This icebreaker provides a way for individuals to express things about themselves that move beyond name and title.

Process: Create a name tent that expresses something important about you.

Prompt: What is a wish or desire you have for yourself?

Variants:

  • Create a name tent that says something we don’t already know
    about you.
  • Create a name tent that shows what you really do (here at work, in
    life, or the context you are doing the icebreaker in).

Debrief:

  • What did you learn about each other?
  • How was this different than saying your name and job title?

Visual Résumés

Purpose: This icebreaker provides a way for individuals to express things about themselves that move beyond name and title.

Process: Ask participants to create a résumé using images.

Prompt: Create a visual résumé showing the finest skills you offer to a group.

Variants:

  • Create a visual résumé that says something we don’t already know about you.
  • Create a visual résumé that shows what you really do (here at work, in life, or the context you are doing the icebreaker in).

Debrief:

  • What did you learn about each other?
  • How was this different than saying your name and job title?

The Visual Icebreaker is also available in a printed version.