How difficult is it to think of a way to energise a large group? When you are facilitating an icebreaker for 150+ people, you need a simple exercise that can engage large numbers of people. I struggled to find a suitable exercise online that would not only energise a room, but would also help people get to know each other – so we came up with the Snowball Fight icebreaker.
Here’s an exercise I’ve used recently that can be adapted to act as a ‘getting to know you’ icebreaker, or as a way to share feedback at the end of a ‘town hall’ or ‘all hands’ session.
This method is for using this exercise as a team icebreaker
The Snowball Fight Icebreaker can also be altered to gather feedback after a session. Instead of a statement, people can write their thoughts or comments on their sheet of paper. Then, instead of these being thrown to other delegates in the room, these can be thrown onto the stage / where the facilitator is standing, where a few can be selected to be read out.
This exercise is a simple and energising way to get to know people in a large group. People will come away having heard a few stories from people in a bigger group setting, as well as reading the statements of people from their smaller sub-groups.
In addition, when used as a method to get feedback, this exercise works well as a way to engage people in a light-hearted way of sharing feedback.
Chris is an experienced Scrum Master with a demonstrated history of challenging the assumptions that impede Agile transformation. He's passionate about people and fostering the culture needed to grow and deliver great digital products.
Chris is a skilled trainer who has a hunger for learning, something he role models and aims to impart on the individuals and teams he works with. He's a Doctor of Philosophy with a background in further education and was a lecturer in history before becoming a Scrum Master.
SUPERPOWERS | Putting people first. Training. Education.
KRYPTONITE | Archaic processes. ‘Yes, but’. Expensive Post-it notes.
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