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icebreaker for managers with a gimmick/keepsake


I have been asked to provide an icebreaker to managers with a keepsake that reminds them of the day. One thought at the moment is teaching them to juggle and letting them keep the juggling balls at the end of the day. The course is for self-development and improving the way you work.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Andi

andrew riley

6 Responses

  1. just a thought
    as the course is for “self-development and improving the way you work” could you do something around Covey’s “Sharpening the saw”…it seems very appropriate and I’m sure you could find some sort of appropriate and not-too- gender-specific keepsake.

  2. Use the Pocketbooks
    there are many different books in the ‘Pocketbooks’ series, e.g. there is one on coaching skills, various different aspects of management etc. The pocketbooks themselves often contain excellent short exercises that could be used as icebreakers. I get them from the training shop online.
    Alternatively do a short ‘Bingo’ icebreaker (I will email it across to you if you like)and give them each a scented marker pen to mark their cards. They can then keep the pens.

    Contact me on if you would like the bingo game.

  3. Icebreaker
    How about drawing up some templates on card that can be cut out & folded up to make a cube /pyramid or other 3D shape of your choosing.

    You could then ask everyone to decorate the sides to show something about themselves and then everyone has a chance to view each others shapes & ask questions (or everyone can have a minute to show their shape to the group & explain it) as an introduction.

    Or ask them to put something on each side that represents some element of themselves that they want to develop / change / improve etc. They could take them away & keep them on their desk as a reminder of their objectives of the day.

    Or any other idea for the use of a cube – to make some kind of dice – how about something like those silly decision dice (anyone who has ever been to an Ann Summers party wil know what I mean!!) – perhaps they could make their dice as the icebreaker and then throughout the day they could jot down great tips for dealing with a situation (or whatever learning points you are extracting) then they could keep this as a reminder of these points.

  4. Icebreaker/gimmicks
    Hi Andi
    Juggling balls is a great icebreaker and theme for a coaching type course and this can be really effective.Also, if you need any help with learning toys etc, accelerated learning toys, such as stress balls, bendy toys etc can have a great impact on your delegates and can help them retain more based on accelerated learning principles, please let me know. We sell a range of learning goodies and can advise on some ideas for their use.

  5. Summary
    As a fun summary I like to use play-doh. 10 little tubs from Woolies was £2.99. At the end of the day or the next morning I ask them to make something that was important yesterday (can be adapted to suit the subjects). I find it’s good fun and helps them remember for themselevs!

  6. icebreaker
    Hi Andrew

    One idea I used recently was to buy small beanie toys and the ice breaker was to do with incremental improvement and being on target. The idea is that you have to throw the beanie in teh air and cath it on yyour back between your shoulder blades like a footballer, three times. It sounds easy, but not so easy when you try it. It was really good fun, invites lots of encouragement in the group and a lot of laughs and they love the beanies (especially the guys) which surprised me. I gues it had been a long time since they were given a soft toy. Hope this helps.


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