This is a quick and simple free icebreaker where participants introduce themselves to each other, but with a fun twist!
Training course contents:
Instructions to run the icebreaker, ‘My Hobby’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the instructions below.
Explain that you want participants to introduce themselves by name, job, department or organisation, as appropriate – and by their favourite hobby. However, the twist is that this must not be a real hobby.
Participants must make up a hobby based on the initials of their name. The more outlandish and ridiculous the hobby is the better the activity. Give an example using your own name. For example, if your name is Katy Hall you might introduce youself by saying, ‘My name is Katy Hall I am a Training Officer and my favourite hobby is Kangaroo Hurling.’
Allow participants a few minutes to think up hobbies based on their name. Some will struggle to do this so suggest they seek some help from the person sitting next to them. In fact, encourage this as much as possible.
Ask each participant to introduce themselves in turn. You can add to the activity by asking questions about the made up hobby. For example: How often do you get to do this? Is it very expensive? How long does it take?
If any of the participants really cannot think of anything based on their initials do not press the point but ask if they would mind the rest of the group calling out some ideas. If the participants is happy ask the group to call out some suggestions. The participant can then choose a hobby from those suggested.
Use this icebreaker to help break the ice at the beginning of a training session.