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Icebreaker change exercise


Hi Folks

I need an introductory small change exercise for a talk on how people can change that I will be giving to a group of about 50 people for one hour. The exercise could be fun, must be short and needs to get the people engaged in the subject, hence it must have both some substance and relevance to the subject. Thank you.

3 Responses

  1. Change
    I would suggest 3 short activities.

    1) Give everyone a banana and ask them to demonstrate peeling it. 99% of people do it wrong (Google it)

    2) Ask for volunteers with lace up shoes to demonstrate how to tie them.(100% of people do it wrong. (Search for Terry Moore on

    3) Ask everyone to stand up and fold their arms. Now do it the other way. Very uncomfortable.

    3 simple easy things that demonstrate perfectly how we always do what we always do!

    I use all 3 on one of my courses and 100% success rate.

  2. Icebreaker Change Exercise

    701 people viewed this request and only one replied – thanks to Steve Robson – why? Come on people don't be shy. Thanks, Iarla

  3. This might be a bit late…
    This might be a bit late… but maybe for future exercises.

    Ask everyone to write their signature 10 times. This should take no more than a minute max. Then ask them to put the pen in the non-dominant hand and do 10 more signatures (cue much moaning and groaning as people struggle). Have a brief discussion, more to distract them than anything else. “How hard was it?”; “Who managed it OK?”and so on. Then tell them to write 10 more signatures. Don’t mention what hand to use and don’t be drawn on this if anyone asks, just ask them to do it quickly, no chit chat. Nearly ALL will go back to the dominant hand and this is the learning… as soon as we can, we jump straight back to our comfort zone, do it the way it feels best or simply to ‘what we’ve always done’. THIS then is the real discussion.

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