The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Icebreakers

April 24th, 2013

I love a good icebreaker, and encourage group presentation skills.
Who, What, Where, When, Why
Number of Participants: 4-25
Time: 10-25 minutes
Activity Level: Low
Props: None
Objective: To get to know another participant better.
Description: Group the participants in twos, threes, or sevens (depends on the size of your group, obviously). Ask the groups to find their own space, get comfortable, and ask their partner(s) five questions:

Leave the instructions open-ended and vague, encouraging the participants to answers those questions anyway they see fit.
After a moderate amount of time has passed, ask the participants to come back to the group, circle or square up, and introduce their partner to the group by telling everyone their partner’s answers to the questions. Allow the participant who is being introduced to clarify any statements made by the participant.
Variations:

  1. Ask the participants to create a secret handshake to share with the group.
  2. Have participants switch their position in the circle or their seat after each introduction. This keeps participants engaged.

Have you facilitated this activity? What suggestions do you have to encourage conversation amongst participants?