Please check out this fantastic article by Trainers Warehouse with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – Icebreakers to Start a Soft Skills Session

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I realize that the phrase β€œsoft-skills” is not a favorite term for many trainers who teach these β€œessential skills.” For now, however, rather than focusing on semantics, I want to pass along some icebreakers that folks in our community have shared with me.

My take:

β€œImprov” Games

Matt WarzelΒ likes to incorporate improvisational activities into his career coaching sessions. Here are some favorites:

Presentation Skills Game:Β IMPROV β€œEXPERT ANALYSIS”

Have a person stand up front and talk about whatever topics you shoot at them as if the’re an expert. Give them easy topics like β€œthe new KFC Double Stacker,” β€œhealth benefits of carrots,” or anything else you or other audience members come up with. Β Switch topics every 15 or 20 seconds, forcing theΒ speaker Β to switch gears right away. To prevent shyness, explain that each participant will speak a total of only 2 minutes on roughly 10 topics.

After the presentations, you can identify and discuss effective strategies, Β individuals’ natural instincts, identify their strengths and discuss opportunities for improvement. Identify behaviors like:

  • Hands in pockets
  • Grabbing one hand and then the other
  • Reserved or quiet voice that isn’t delivered with energy,
  • Shuffling feet (explain u need to walk with a purpose)
  • Over-blinking (can be distracting to the audience)
  • Hands on the hips too much (which can exude confidence but can also be too Superman pose like and a little defensive)
  • Etc.

Finding Common Ground:Β β€œ10 FINGERS”

Have everyone stand in a circle and hold up 10 fingers. Β Moving around the circle clockwise, ask each person to mention something about themselves (past or present experiences, personal characteristic, a badge of honor, religion, etc…). If others have this in common, they keep a finger up; if not, they put one finger down. Β Keep going until last one is holding a finger.

Posted online by Matt Warzel, CPRW, CIR

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