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Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker

Tomorrow I have to give a 15 minute presentation to two people. I would like to start with an ice breaker as my discussion is about learning styles and I would like to use an ice breaker as one example, but I can’t think of any for just two people.
Hope you can help…soon
Thanks Tracy

You may be talking about learning styles such people taking in information – kinethetically, visually or aurally.

Here is a good one for “breaking the ice”. Do this to both of your audience in turns.

1. Get your audience to hold out their hands with their arms straight inf front of them and their thumbs pointing straight up

2. Ask them to rotate their hands so that their thumbs are pointing downwards

3. Ask them to corss their handsa over so that their palms are flat against each other.

4. Get them to interlace their fingers to make a fist.

Now – point to a finger (without touching) and ask them to move it. Now try another. They will proably find the bottom fingers most difficult.

Repeat the exercise with touching – many people find this easier.

Another ice breaker technique, which is quite simple, is to get the audience to draw a picture without showing the other person. They have to then describe the picture to the other person who has to make an exact copy – without being able to see it. All of the instructions have to be made verbally and there can be NO POINTING!

Set a time limit of three minutes.

Most people will find this very difficult. Then allow them a very quick glimpse of the picture. They will then suddenly be able to draw it with ease.

This demonstrates two diffferent learning styles. All to often teachers and coaches rely heavily on verbal communication. Often a short picture will help to convey the message very effectively.

I hope that these will help you

Kind regards

One ice breaker for a larger group is to ask them to break off into twos.

If there is an odd number then you can take one of the places – if an even number then you just observe.

Give them three minutes to find out what they have in common. You may prompt them to ask where people have lived, the jobs they have done, hobbies – what ever they like. If it is a work group make sure that you ask them to make it not work related.

You can then at the end ask people to call out some of the things that they have in common with each other. You’d be amazed how connected most people are!

Here is another breaking the ice technique for a mid sized group – it works particularly well in your own company or group – is to ask people to write on a post-it note something about themselves that nobody else would know.

People then have to guess who the answer may apply to. You do not have to do all of the answers – just pick a few at random. You can also save a few for later in the day when people return from a coffee or lunch break.

Some of the answers can be really revealing. One person turned out to have been a breakfast TV presenter earlier in his life and another went into the woods looking for mushrooms!


As a candidate for a Management Associate with a Big 5 firm, I am scheduled to make a presentation before a panel of interviewers. I believe they will give me a case study to work on, then to present the results before the panel. I am very nervous knowing that I have a heavy French accent that can cause some people second-guess what I am saying. This a very competitive position, and I cannot risk blowing my chance to have my dream job. What can you suggest me please?

Vey Kindly yours.

I would not worry too much. Most management consultancies are looking for multilingual speakers and as such are used to a range of accents.

A couple of tips that could help.

1. Write down your speech and try practicing it out loud at least four times. One of these times should be in front of a real audience – friends, colleagues etc. You could also try videoing yourself. Practice speaking clearly and work on any words that your audience think are difficult. Perhaps rewrite your speech with words that are easier to pronounce.

2. Use pictures as much as you can. These are universal in any language and are particularly good for international and multilingual conferences.

3. If you are presenting a case study – make maximum use of the white board. You can write key words on this and you can also use it as a sketch pad for presenting pictures. If you don’t have a whiteboard take a batch of white copier paper and a marker pen.

4. Practice case studies. Read an article form say Fortune magazine or Harvard Business Review and give yourself half an hour to do a short presentation on it. Sketch out the presentation on white paper and then present back to yourself in a mirror.

Hopefully these tips should be of some help, but please don’t worry.

Please leave us a message to let us know how the presentation went.

Good luck



Published On: 24th Oct 2015

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