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30 Second Monologue – Free Icebreaker

Duration: 5 minutes

Intended for:

This short icebreaker activity works well as an ice breaker at the beginning of a training session. We like to use it in training sessions with a communication theme, particularly when participants are challenged with giving key information in very limited time.

The free icebreaker can also be used during a programme that requires participants to be able to think quickly on their feet.

Training course contents:

You can download instructions to help you run the icebreaker, ’30 Second Monologue’ from the link at the bottom of this page or simply follow the instructions below.

Resources Needed –a bell or whistle


1. Tell the group that before session starts they will have 30 seconds to tell the group something about themselves the group are unlikely to know.

2. The monologue MUST be truthful, but can be humorous or serious.

3. The trainer or chair person calls time (Bell or whistle) after the first 30 seconds and the next person clockwise around the table must then start.

4. Continue until everyone has spoken.

Possible Variations

5. Participants can be seated at more than one table in which case all tables go simultaneously.

6. You can set the topic(s) by putting slips of paper in a hat with topics such as: Rhubarb Crumble in my life Watching paint dry

7. The monologue can also be reduced to 15 seconds.


Use this quick and simple icebreaker to help break the ice at the beginning of a training session or meeting.

30 Second Monologue – Free Icebreaker


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