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Smalltalk auf Englisch - Das Eis brechen - Zuhörer gewinnen

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Whether you’re planning a meeting, presentation, workshop or team-building exercise, an effective ice breaker is an essential first step.

An ice breaker is something that brings people together and makes them feel more comfortable in a new environment. The goal of using an ice breaker is to increase cooperative readiness, form a group identity and achieve a more relaxed atmosphere. It can also be used to give participants a common goal or to orientate them to a new or unfamiliar topic. Ice breakers should occur at the beginning of an event to facilitate bonding at the earliest opportunity. If participants don’t know each other well or even at all, or if a team is newly-formed and must bond quickly to respond efficiently to a challenge, ice breakers are very important.

Starting a meeting
Making everyone feel comfortable and relaxed at the beginning of a business meeting is a good investment of five or so minutes, especially if skills like brainstorming, problem solving and teamwork are required. If people don’t know each other very well, it will be more difficult for them to work together. But even if no audience participation is required, using an ice breaker helps increase the audience’s interest and desire to listen to what one has to say.

Using quotes as ice breakers
Create a list of short, thought-provoking quotes relevant to your goal. Keep the list on hand. When you feel the time is right, or that one of the quotes underscores the point you’re making, use it. Doing so introduces a moment of informality into a presentation of more formalised material and helps people relax. You can even choose to start a presentation with a quote. One technique is to present two quotes on separate presentation slides, then ask for a show of hands to find out which quote the audience likes best. Ask a few hand-raisers why. It gets people thinking and feeling like they’re on the same team.

Starting off with a quote
Sir Winston Churchill once said: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” This is what I’m here to talk about today. Our job is to find the opportu- nity in the current situation and work together to set the stage for next steps. My talk today is intended to identify the lay of the land so that we might explore the possibilities together.

Asking for involvement through a show of hands

I’ve found two quotes that are relevant to our issue. [present the quotes]

So I’d like to ask now for a show of hands. How many feel that the first quote is more relevant to our topic?

And the second?

Would anyone like to volunteer his or her thoughts as to why?


Using jokes
Another way to break the ice at an event is to start with a joke. If it’s done well, it can be very successful. There are many problems with this technique, however. The person telling the joke needs to be able to deliver it well, the joke has to be relevant and not offensive to anyone present, and it has to be fresh and funny. It is very difficult to fulfil these criteria even for a native speaker, and unless you are very experienced in public speaking it is best to avoid jokes. There are simply too many pitfalls. On the other hand, humour is a very effective way of relaxing people and bringing them together, and a humorous style can be achieved without telling jokes, by using anecdotes for instance.

Examples
Here are a few other types of ice breakers. Choosing which type is right for you depends on the objectives of the event.

True or False. Each person writes three short sentences about his or herself, two true and one false. The group has to ascertain which sentence is false.

Interviews. In pairs, participants interview each other. Each person then introduces the other to the group.

Human Web. The facilitator has a ball of string. He introduces himself and passes it to another member of the group, keeping hold of one end. Each member then introduces himself and passes it to another member of the group standing anywhere, keeping hold of the string. This process repeats until everyone has introduced himself. Then the facilitator pulls on the string, and everyone can feel it. This is a great teambuilder for groups of around 10 people.

Ball Challenge. Everyone stands in a circle. A participant says his or her name followed by the name of another person and throws a ball to that person. This continues until all the group members have had a turn. The challenge is to repeat the exercise, time it and beat the previous time. The group have to work as a team to achieve this.

Desert Island. Here are the words to use for this one:

To start our workshop I’d like to help you first bond as a group, so here’s a little problem-solving exercise I’d like us to try. Imagine you’ve been marooned on a desert island. You have a knife and a virtually unlimited supply of used plastic bottles. ( Yes, that’s where they all end up when you’ve finished with them! ) How could you use these resources to increase your chances of survival? Work in groups of four. After five minutes, each group should present its idea to the others. For example, you could tie all the bottles together to make a raft. So let’s begin. Be creative!”

Word Association.
Generate a list of keywords relevant to your topic. Ask participants to come up with associated words and phrases. Write them all down and use them to introduce your topic. Here are some of the words you might use:

I’d like to start by presenting a list of six keywords relevant to our topic. For each keyword, I’d like everyone to write down any words and phrases he or she can think of that are related to that keyword. After the last keyword, I’d like to review all of your ideas one keyword at a time and see if we run into any ideas we can use and develop in our session.

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