Icebreakers & Energizers

Teaching a class, facilitating a meeting, hosting a group, or attending a casual summer party; getting to know the people around you can be intimidating or very fun.

Why use Icebreakers?
  • Create a positive group atmosphere
  • Help people to relax
  • Break down social barriers
  • Energize & motivate
  • Help people to "think outside the box"
  • Help people to get to know one another
Using Them Successfully...
Effective meetings or trainings with young people and adults include proper preparation and openers/closers that help set the tone for the group.  Icebreakers, team builders and energizers can help ensure that young people have positive experiences in groups and with adults. The following is a quick checklist to help choose & use an icebreaker, team builder, or energizer to ensure it best meets the needs and content of the training/meeting and audience.
  • Purpose: Is there a purpose or goal for the icebreaker?
  • Risk:  Is the activity accessible & appropriate for all participants?
  • Materials:  Do you have what is needed for the activity to be successful?
  • Set the Tone:  Be the person you want each participant to become - modeling is key. 
  • Monitor & Adjust:  Be prepared to make changes based on participants’ reactions & process the end results.
  • Debriefing:  Prepare questions ahead of time to help the participants reflect, find meaning, and respond to the activity.
  • Fun:  The activity should be engaging & fun for all!
Download YDN’s Backpocket Guide of Icebreakers & Energizers and be ready to host your next quick and easy group activity.

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