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The New Encyclopedia of Icebreakers

ISBN: 978-1-118-15754-1
368 pages
August 2011, Pfeiffer
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The New Encyclopedia of Icebreakers -- the sequel to the best-selling  Encyclopedia of Icebreakers -- gives you 150 innovative activities to energize your training sessions. The book is filled with a variety of activities that will move participants through the stages of group development: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. Use this new collection to help people get acquainted, build teams, address team or group issues, develop effective working relationships, and improve learning and retention of new information. The final chapter presents specific adjourning activities to help you bring closure to your training or group work, increase skills and knowledge transfer, and transition the participants back to the workplace.
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Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource.

Section 1: Forming.

Selecting Activities.

Why Group Participants?

Common Issues in Training and Group Work.

Planning Ahead.

Dear Diary: Getting Started

Letter Writing.

Shared Agreements.

Tuck Away.

Forming Groups.

The Continents.

It's a Puzzle.

Quotables.

Snapshots.

Synonyms.

True Colors.

Getting Acquainted.

Collectible Items.

For Sale.

Forced Choices.

Get Acquainted Quietly.

Give a Sign.

Head to Toe.

In the News.

It's in the Cards.

Keep It Up.

The Kid in All of Us.

Pals.

Sharing Information.

About Me.

Common Denominator.

Family Tree.

Four Things I Want to Share.

My Story.

Patchwork Quilt.

Pot of Gold.

Self-Portrait.

State Your Business.

The Story of My Life.

Who Am I?

Section 2: Storming.

Participant Behaviors.

Other Uses for Storming Activities.

Common Issues in Training and Group Work.

Communication and Conflict.

Across a Crowded Room.

Can You Remember?

Can You Remember? II.

Give a Sign.

Giving Directions.

How Are You Doing?

OK or Not OK?

Picture Search.

Practice, Practice.

Without Context.

Diversity.

Birth Order.

Discrimination.

Gender Specific.

In Someone Else's Shoes.

We're All Human.

What It's Like . . . .

Exploring Ideas and Feelings.

All About Groups.

As Others See Me.

Comfort Level.

Feelings Behind the Words.

Personal Space.

Risky Business.

Stress, Stress, Stress.

What Do You See?

Whoops!

Section 3: Norming.

Working as Teams.

Energizing Groups.

Common Issues in Training and Group Work.

Energizers.

Agree or Disagree.

Alphabet Angst.

Hee Haw.

Musical Pictures.

Oh Wow!

Orchestrate.

Pop-Up.

Start Talking.

Storycise.

Take It Easy.

Taking Care of Ourselves.

Talent Share.

A Walk in the Park.

Team Building.

At the Races.

Bag Ball.

Getting Down to Business.

The Greatest Team on Earth.

Like a Rock.

Making Changes.

The Neighborhood.

On First.

Perfect Retirement.

Reaching Consensus.

Scrabble on the Run.

Sing, Sing, Sing!

Task and Process.

Tasty Teams.

Team Sculpture.

Two Sides to the Story.

We’ll Be Back in a Moment.

What Would You Do?

Where Are We?

Section 4: Performing.

Selecting Activities.

The Role of the Trainer/Facilitator.

Common Issues in Training and Group Work.

Sharing Information.

From Personal Experience.

Hospital Glitch.

How I Did It.

Idea Swap.

I’m Mike.

The Inheritance.

Reviewing Information.

In the Middle.

Match-Up.

Pass It On.

Question Ball.

Stump 'Em.

Three-Ring Circus.

Tic Tac Bingo.

Tree of Knowledge.

What Do You Know?

What’s in a Word?

Yesterday and Today.

Learning New Material.

À la Mode.

Act It Out.

An Open Book.

The Information Chase.

Learning the Language.

Napkin Doodles.

Personal Time Lines.

Scavenger Hunt.

Speak the Language.

Where Are You Headed?

Section 5: Adjourning.

The Need for Closure.

Selecting Activities.

Making Time for Closure.

Common Issues in Training and Group Work.

Saying Goodbye.

Bus Boys and Girls.

Cheers.

Collectible Items II.

Fast Finish.

Fortune Telling.

Gift Giving.

Memories.

Off into the Sunset.

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow.

A Penny for Your Thoughts.

Present the Awards.

Self-Portrait Continued.

A Toast.

Self-Reflection.

Dear Diary: Closure.

Growing Up.

Lost and Found.

Pack Your Bags.

Tuck Away II.

You Deserve a Medal.

Assessing Training.

Headlines.

High Points.

Letter Writing Continued.

Applying Learning.

Coming Attractions.

A Contract with Myself.

Map of Success.

Walls and Windows.

Keeping in Touch.

In the Circle.

Make a Date.

About the Authors.

How to Use the CD.

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Miriam McLaughlin is a freelance writer and contract trainer working as Master Trainer for the American Lung Association and as consultant/trainer for the Yale University School Development Program. She has trained for schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations nationwide and is the author or coauthor of numerous books, articles, and training materials.

Sandra Peyser worked with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a school counseling consultant. Peyser is the coauthor of numerous training books and materials and conducts workshops for a variety of organizations.

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