Ice breaker activities – Hot Topic Fun Icebreaker

By on December 29, 2012


Ice breaker activities – Hot Topic Fun Icebreaker

Group Size: 4+

What do you need for this fun icebreaker? Paper and pens

How much time does it take for this fun ice breaker? 20 to 30 minutes (10 minutes of prep time)

Description of this Fun Icebreaker: The leader should do some preparation and choose a topic that is current, applies to the team, and that may be controversial. The leader explains that the team is going to deal with the issue in a new way.

Have the team members make a statement about the issue in a positive way instead of a negative way.

  1. Try to keep it simple and non-offensive. For example: “People are taking extra time at lunch.” This can be rephrased as: “Being on time to work helps keep people on task and efficient.”
  2. Have the group scale their feelings about the “hot topic.” The scale can be from 1 to 10. 1 would be very little feeling about it and 10 would be very upset.
  3. Have them write the number on a slip of paper and fold it. Have them put the slips ofpaper in a container. The leader mixes up the papers. This helps keep the team members anonymous. The leader then calculates the average score.
  4. The leader should keep this number to themselves at this point. Ask the team members to predict what they think the average score is about the subject. Announce the average score and reward the team member that came the closest to the average number.
  5. Break the team into 3 groups: Is, IOs, and judges. The is and IOs should spend about 5 to 10 minutes coming up with an argument in support of their side. The is are not in support of changing the situation. The 10s are in support of creating some sort of change. Each team will have 5 minutes to argue their case to the judges.
  6. The judges write down the 2 sets of arguments. They review the 2 arguments and make a decision about the winner.

Note: This can go beyond a team building game and be used as an actual team decision tool.

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 Hot Topic Alternate Version Description

In this version, you can make it like a courtroom drama. You can add props and make it very dramatic. Do not let it get too silly or the impact of the exercise could be lost.



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