This free icebreaker is useful to help break the ice in a fun way at the beginning of a training session or meeting. It is also useful for pairing people up and encouraging people to talk to people they don’t know.
Training course contents:
A set of instructions for the icebreaker, ‘Famous Partners’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions here.
Resources – prior to the session, write the names of several famous partners on slips of paper i.e. on one slip you might write ‘Ginger Rogers’ and on another ‘Fred Astaire’ or ‘Stan Laurel’ and ‘Oliver Hardy’ and some with more modern partnerships.
Ensure you have enough slips of paper with a name on it for all the participants due to attend the training.
Instructions – as the participants enter the room, ask them to take a slip of paper (ensure they cannot see the name on it prior to picking it up). They should not share the name on their slip of paper until you prompt them to. Introduce the training session and then inform the participants that they must find their ‘partner’ i.e. the person who famously partners the person they have on their piece of paper.
Once they have mingled as a group, found their famous partner and introduced themselves, they should then introduce themselves to the other famous partners.
This icebreaker is great for encouraging positive introductions and pairing people.