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Group Icebreakers and Warmups_Final

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>> Hey there. As you've learned icebreakers and warm-up exercises are essential in group coaching for building rapport, raising group morale, and getting group members comfortable participating and sharing about themselves. These brief exercises should be fun, engaging, and easy to implement. You want to introduce a new activity every session or rotate through a variety of exercises every few weeks to keep things interesting and lively. To help you out, we're sharing ten of our favorite icebreakers to use with groups. By the end of this lecture, you'll be armed with enough exercises to get you through your entire group program. So let's jump right in and get started. Syllabus scavenger hunt, this is an icebreaker you can use for your first group session. It's a fun and engaging way to get clients to learn about the ground rules and expectations for your group, while getting them comfortable engaging with one another on a safe introductory level. In advance of your session, create an easy 5 to 10 question multiple choice quiz around the key points from your group guideline sheet that you'd like group members to remember. These quizzes should be easy enough for everyone to get 100. At the beginning of your session, break your group into pair or small groups, hand out the quiz in your group guidelines and tell your group that they have five minutes to work together in their small groups to find the answers to the quiz and that everyone who scores 100 will get a prize. Once the five minutes is up or everyone has completed the quiz, review the correct answers with the group. Hand out a token prize, such as a packet of tea or a piece of organic chocolate to everyone who got a perfect score. This in effect is a fun and engaging way to go over the ground rules and expectations. Afterwards, ask if anyone has questions or concerns regarding the rules and expectations and discuss as necessary. Five words, this icebreaker is a way to get clients in a new group sharing about themselves on a basic an easy level. It also allows clients to spot commonalities among one another by seeing who has identified qualities similar to their own. Introduce the simple icebreaker by passing around a piece of paper and markers to everyone in the group. If the group does not meet live, instruct participants to take out a piece of paper and a pen. Ask group members to take five minutes to write down five words that they think best describes themselves. Once the five minutes is up or when everyone has completed the exercise, have the group go in a round to share their selected words. You can choose to record the words on a large piece of paper in the front of the room to visually demonstrate the commonalities that will inevitably emerge among the group members. Desert island, this is another basic icebreaker to use with new groups to help members become comfortable sharing with one another and provide a glimpse into how each client thinks and what they prioritize. Ask group members to take out a piece of paper and a pen. Tell the group to imagine that they are going to sail away tomorrow to live on a desert island and they must like five and only five things that they can bring with them. Instruct clients that they have five minutes to write down their answers. At the end of the five minutes or when everyone has completed the exercise, have group members go in a round to share what they picked and why. My shield, this is an icebreaker to use with a group a few sessions in to get them share in on a little bit of a deeper level. It could be used at the start of any session, but works especially well-proceeding sessions about fears and self-esteem. Ask everyone to take out a piece of paper and a pen, and draw a large outline of a shield divided into four quadrants, like window pane. Or you can choose to pass around a pre-drawn template for them to fill in. Starting at the top left, going clockwise, instruct group members to write in each box respectively, one, what they're most proud about his/herself, two, what they would most like to change about themselves, three, one thing he or she is afraid of, and four, one thing he or she is most excited about for the future. At the end of the five minutes or when everyone has completed the exercise, have group members complete a round to share their answers. Energy zappers, use this icebreaker with a group that has already met a few times. It's a great warm up to use before talking about stress or making time for yourself. Prior to your session, draw a large lightning bolt on a blank piece of paper. Be sure to make it big enough that clients can write words inside of them. Make copies for each group member. At the start of your session, distribute a copy to each client. Explain that they have about three minutes to think about and write inside of the lightning bolt three things in their routines that zap them of energy. Once the three minutes is up, instruct each client to turn to the person sitting to the left of them and take five minutes to take turn sharing what their energy zappers are, and then discuss things that they could do to either eliminate the stressors or make them less stressful. After five minutes is up, reconvene the group and invite group members to share with everyone the best insights they received. Icebreaker beach ball, this is a quick and easy icebreaker that can be used at the start of any session to get clients talking and sharing about themselves. In advance of your session, purchase and blow up a beach ball. Using a permanent marker, write an open-ended question on each panel that ask a fun and thought provoking question one can answer about him or herself. Ask questions along the lines of, "If you could have dinner with one famous person alive or dead, who would it be? And what would you say your spirit animal is, and why?" To introduce the activity, simply explain that you will throw the beach ball to a group member who must catch it and answer the question that the right thumb lands on. When he or she is done answering, they will throw it to someone else in the group who too will answer the question their right thumb lands on. Each time the ball is thrown to someone new until everyone has had one turn. Sentence starters, this is another easy icebreaker that can be used at any stage of your group. In advance of your session, get a piece of paper into strips and write a sentence starter on each one. Crumple each slip of paper into a bowl and put them into a box or jar. Examples of sentence starters are, "More than anything I love, I would never, the happiest day of my life was when, and I'm totally repulsed by." When you're ready to begin, all you have to do is inform group members that going around the room in order. They will each draw one piece of paper and finish the sentence out loud. Ball drop, this is an icebreaker designed to build cooperation and teamwork. It can be especially useful to employ when there are tensions in the group or when the group is establishing its norms and members are learning how to work together. Divide the group into smaller teams of three to four people. Each group is given 12 plastic straws and 18 inches of masking tape. Teams are instructed to build a container that can catch and hold a golf ball drop from about 10 feet above. The task must be completed in 10 minutes. Each group elects a member to be the ball dropper. Once the 10 minutes are up, each group will take a turn by placing their container on the floor, and having their ball drop or stand on a chair above, dropping the ball from eye level into the container. Each group is given three attempts. The group that gets their ball to go in and stay in the container wins. Winners are given a small token prize such as dark chocolate. Silver linings, this is an activity that can be used once the group has been well-established and there is trust and comfort among members. Prompt group members to get into pairs. Partners will take turns sharing with one another a story about something bad that happened to them in the past. This can be any event, personal school or work related. It could have occurred recently or many years ago. But whatever it is, it must be over. Each person has two minutes to tell his or her story. Once you see that everyone has exchanged stories, partners are prompted to retell the same story except, this time they must draw on all of the good things that inevitably came out of this experience. The partner who is listening can help them to explore the silver linings to their story, the good that came out of their bad experience. Again, each person has two minutes to tell their story. After this is completed, the full group reconvenes and participants are invited to share their insights. Something I admire, this is a great icebreaker for a final session. When group members have gotten to know each other well, it serves as a way for group members to see how others view and value them. Everyone is given a piece of computer paper, a piece of tape, and a marker. Clients are prompted to tape the piece of paper to the back of the person sitting to the right of them. Group members are then given 5 to 10 minutes to go around the room and write one thing they admire about each person on the piece of paper taped to that person's back. When time is up, everyone returns to their seats and removes their paper to read about what was written about them. What did you think of these activities? Have you ever done any of them yourself? We hope you find these exercises useful to use with your groups. Head on over to the Facebook group page and let us know which one was your favorite. Thank you so much for watching. I'll see you later.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Jul 10, 2018

Group Icebreakers and Warmups_Final

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