As any good #SAPro, I have my treasure trove of icebreakers. However, I thought I’d share one I created for our Kick-off Orientation Training Workshop.
Now, I’m one of those #SAPros who makes everyone at a major training or retreat go “off-the-grid”. I have a Tech Box where all phones, iPods, iPads, etc. are placed. Of course, throughout the day there are moments where students or colleagues are able to check their e-mails and social media platforms. But, the majority of the time, they are completely in tune to the activity and completely tech-less.
This time, I had a box for phones and another for everything else. Once everyone’s gadgets were in their respective boxes, the participants and I sat in a circle. Then I passed the phone box around the room and everyone took a phone that was not their own.
For the first part of this icebreaker, we introduced ourselves with typical introductory stuff such as name, major, and an interesting fun fact. They were told to particularly pay attention to everyone’s name, as it would help with another part of the ice breaker. In addition, a final detail was required of each introduction. They had to describe the phone they had and guess the personality of the phone’s owner.They could only go by the lock screen and the phone case/ outside of the phone. In our group, there were some…very colorful and unique (yet respectful) descriptions of the phones and people.
Once we all had introduced ourselves, everyone held up the phone they had and one by one, and we each identified our phones. I started and named the student who had my phone, then that student named the person with their phone, and so forth. If we came to a premature end, we would just have another student who had not identified their phone do so and continue the activity. If the person didn’t know the name of the individual with their phone, we only gave them two hints until they remembered the student’s name.
After the ice breaker, and much to the chagrin of my students, we placed the phones back in the box and continued with our team training. Once the phones were returned to the Tech Box, we had a conversation afterwards about preconceived notions, assumptions, how we each express ourselves, and how it is portrayed to others. For our training purposes, we applied it to Orientation and how not to assume or categorize any of the new students as we meet them.
So, just a twist on our plethora of ice breakers that hopefully you might try out!
Originally Published At Hello World, It’s Me, Brian