The time has finally arrived for my colleagues and I to resume in-person workshops. The Covid-19 guidelines are stressful but we are managing to keep everyone as safe and as comfortable as possible. We were given our first training assignment since the beginning of the pandemic and we were quickly able to string together a rather robust workshop.
We brainstormed, edited & printed materials and re-familiarized ourselves with the subjects. We created a PSA and emailed all participants about the new guidelines for “office etiquette”. All that was left was the creation of introduction, we always use a silly ice breaker. It was decided that we would ask the following question:
Where will you be working?
What new hobby or skill did you pick up during the quarantine?
The participants all had great responses and we shared a few laughs, mostly at my expense! I attempted grilling some expensive steaks and ended up with a hockey puck.
Reflecting on the workshop thus far, it dawned on me that our ice breakers are always purely for entertainment and a “get to know you” . I have never truly designed and ice breaker as a learning moment pertaining to the material we are covering.
My feelings are mixed, everything should tie to the workshops goals but I enjoy being silly too much to let it go! Have you ever given thought to the strategy behind an icebreaker and designed material around it? or am i just overthinking something intended to be simple and fun?