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Video:How to Do One Word Icebreakers With Employees

with Meghan Lynn Allen

One-word icebreakers are a great way to get to know your employees and create a more comfortable working environment. Here's a video explaining how to play one-word icebreakers.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do One Word Icebreakers With Employees

Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we're discussing how to do one-word icebreakers with employees.

Have Employees Pick Words for Icebreaker

First, ask every participant in your meeting or training to put down one word to describe XYZ. It could be the company's mission statement, or the culture of an organization. Once you've done that, you'll want to divide your whole group into four or five smaller groups, preferably of four or five people. And now, ask that group to combine their thoughts, their ideas, and to write down one word that they can all agree on. So they might have five different words or just four, and they need to decide on just one.

Divide Employees Into Groups

When you're dividing people into those groups, you want to make sure that they don't cluster to people they already know. So sometimes it's helpful to just have people count off one, two, three, four, five and split them up that way. Now, the icebreaker may be over, that one icebreaker in four or five groups - or you can continue to combine groups. It really depends on the size of your meeting and training. So once those groups have decided on one word, you might take two groups, put them together, and have them decide on one word among the two. If you need to save more time, there's a condensed version of the one-word icebreaker.

Decide How to Use the Icebreaker Words

Simply have every participant write down one word about the topic, whatever it is, and drop it into a fishbowl or a hat. And you, as the trainer, get to decide how to use them. Perhaps you'll put them out one at a time and talk about them out loud. Perhaps you'll let everyone go on a break and look at those words and see how many differences and similarities you have, write something on the board and talk about it that way. However you decide - but it definitely saves time.

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