This icebreaker works well at the start of any course involving presentation skills. In fact, it could be used at any time during a presentation skills programme and does not necessarily have to be used solely as an ice breaker. We also think that it helps to encourage people to think creatively so can be useful if you want to get those creative juices flowing.
Instructions to help you run the icebreaker can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page or you can follow the instructions below.
Flip chart paper if required
1. Pick one of the 'styles' from the bottom of this page, and ask everyone to prepare a two minute introduction about themselves in the particular style.
2. After 10 minutes ask each person in turn to present their introduction.
Creative Introductions – Possible Themes
What five things would you lock into a time capsule to represent yourself, and why? Where would you bury the time capsule, and how would you package it to protect it?
Plaque, Shield or Flag
Design a plaque, shield or flag that mirrors your personality. What would your emblem be?
Describe yourself in the style of a TV listings magazine? What time of day would you be shown at, and why?
Describe yourself and your career in the style of an estate agents property advert.
Personalised number plate or postcode
If you could choose a personalised number plate or postcode, what would it be, and why?
Describe yourself by using pictures only, on a flip chart.
To help break the ice in a creative way at the beginning of a training session or meeting
To open a training session that includes presentation skills within its content.