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Virtual Ice Breakers in online meetings

The purpose of ice breakers is to create rapport and a feeling of connection.

Ok. So I set myself the task to start writing a blog in this new era post-COVID-19. I will attempt to write a blog each day from today onwards for the end of the year.

I am excited that the world is finally embracing the online facilitation and online meeting world. I believe that if we are getting over our initial fears and have fun with it, we actually might find a whole new way of being at work without needing to travel. I believe that we as facilitators have a leadership role to play in this new world and guide leaders into the virtual world of meetings.

For over a month now, I have been running a free Q&A session for our Australasian Facilitators Network and I am amazed about all the things we learn together. Some of the content that we discuss will be part of this blog.

Today I like to share some examples of Virtual Icebreakers. The purpose of ice breakers are exercises that are recommended at the beginning of meetings, which helps us to break the ice and get connected.      

1) Pick an image in google images and share your screen with the group when you introduce yourself.

Pick an image that shows how you feel about online meetings.    

2) Ask people to introduce their pet or a plant from their home.      

3) Ask people to go for a 5-minute work in their house and garden and to pick three objects, 1 that represents their hopes for the meeting/workshop; 1 that represents their fears for the meeting/ workshop and 1 that represents anything they like to put aside to be fully present during the meeting/workshop.

Enjoy trying them out!  

Stay safe, Simone

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Simone Maus is an experienced facilitator and trainer of facilitators. She has worked with experienced and emerging facilitators all over the world in government, business and community sectors. Her expertise lie within workshop design, coaching programmes and training programmes for workshop and meeting facilitators with any level of experience.

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