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Appendix F

Icebreakers, Energizers & Closing Activities

Included are a variety of icebreakers, energizers and closing activities to use during your training. Feel free to adapt them to better meet your needs or create your own.


Paired Interviews

Time: Allow one to two minutes per participant.

Materials: Scrap paper and pens for participants to jot down notes.

  • Pass out postcards or playing cards that are cut in half.
  • Instruct participants to fnd the person who has the other half of their card. This gets people up and moving around.
  • When all pairs have matched up, ask them to take turns interviewing each other. Each person will have four minutes to learn the following things about his or her partner:
    • Name.
    • How they spend their day (e.g., job or other responsibility like care taking for a sick spouse).
    • Their interest in or connection to the training topic.
    • One hope for the training.
    • One interesting thing about them.
  • Tell participants that they will be introducing their partner to the entire group when it reconvenes, so they may want to take notes.
  • After four minutes, give participants a signal to change partners.
  • At the end of eight minutes, or after each person has had a chance to be an interviewer and be interviewed, call the large group back together.