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The icebreaker: ‘Hi, my name is …’

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Break the ice with this activity, geared toward a group of 20 or more, taken from Quick Meeting Openers for Busy Managers by Brian Cole Miller. The goal isn’t a “meet and greet,” but for everyone to really get to know a few new people:

Have participants pair up.

Allow five minutes for participants to interview and learn more about each other.

Then, schedule a few minutes for each participant to introduce his or her partner to the group.

The introduction should “sell” the person to the audience, showing how he or she can contribute to the group or the task at hand.

Example: “This is Max. He’s been with the company for only a short time. He brings a different perspective, yes. But more important, he’s very good at helping people work together. He helps find bridges and commonalities among differing opinions, and he can do this without making anyone feel as if he or she ‘won’ or ‘lost.’ ”

A variation on the game: People work in groups of three, with two people introducing and championing the third.

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