This free icebreaker provides a nice introduction to a session by identifying the participant expectations and allowing you to appreciate and understand where they feel their key learning areas are. This will help ensure you focus on the true learning elements of your training course. This process also helps to create engagement and buy-in from the participants.
Training course contents:
You can download the instructions for this icebreaker for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or follow the notes below.
Tools – pre-prepared A4 sheet with the course aims and objectives written on it for the training course (1 for each participant).
Instructions – provide each of the participants with a pre-prepared piece of paper with the aims and objectives of the session written on it.
Explain that you would like them to spend five minutes looking over the aims and objectives. During this time, they should circle the key areas of the objectives that stand out as being important to them for the training course that you are about to deliver.
Once each of the participants has circled the aspects that are most important to them, ask each to explain to you what they chose and why. Hold a brief discussion with each on why they felt that stood out as important to them and once you have reviewed all explain that you will use this information to provide focus to the session as you work through the training.
This icebreaker is a good method of ensuring you fully appreciate the needs of participants prior to training.