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This section lists facilitation tools. They can be ice-breakers or activities that can be included in a workshop or a presentation. You are welcome to add your favourite facilitation tools to this list!

Data Processing

Data Processing Objective: To break the ice in a group of strangers, break down barriers in groups, or help group members get to know each other.

Team Gutters

Team Gutters provides a fun and creative way to help participants establish which actions help and hinder effective team functioning.

ABCs of Me

You have been hired by the Creative Classroom Company to illustrate a poster to help children learn their ABCs. By happy coincidence, you and your first name are the subject of the poster! 

Active Listening Exercise

Purpose: A group exercise highlighting active listening skills. 

An Aboriginal Essential Skills Journey: Planting the Seeds for Growth

The Aboriginal Essential Skills Journey workshop resources are designed to introduce the concept of Essential Skills to learners and support ES integration into the work of educators, trainers, counsellors. The two day workshop toolkit includes a Facilitator’s Guide and Participant Workbook in both French and English. These workshop materials have been produced anticipating the needs of educators, workplace trainers and facilitators. They are useful in their own contexts and can be downloaded for free. Format and content reflect an Aboriginal worldview.

Dinner Guests

Overview: An Icebreaker to get the participants to identify their favourite characters or people they would like to be with. 

Do You Remember?

Overview: This activity is perfect for reminding interviewers how important observation, remembering, note-taking, and group sharing is to the interviewing process. This activity, adapted from a childhood party game, is a quick, yet effective way to make these points.

Effective Meetings

Information and articles on planning effective meetings, creating agendas, team work, conferencing, and presentations.

Effective Teams through Better Group Processes (George Mason University)

Website featuring reviews and information on several commonly used approaches to structured group meetings including Nominal Group Process, Group Communication Strategy, and Delphi Group Process.

Either Or

This is another great exercise for helping larger groups of people to get to know each other better.