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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!

Listening Skills Exercise

Purpose: A group exercise highlighting good and poor listening behaviours.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Purpose: Introductions, energizer, practice session for networking or any introduction to strangers. Variation: brainstorming or creativity questions.

Made to Order

In a Nutshell This is a fun, creative activity in which employees write their job descriptions in the style of a retail catalog. The activity helps employees to focus on the positive aspects of their jobs and on the value they bring to the organization.

Me, Myself, and I

This is… A story-telling activity that forces participants to communicate about anything except themselves. The purpose is… Participants see how often their communication is centered on themselves.

Meeting Monsters

Objectives: To identify the types of behaviors that disrupt team meetings. To develop tactics for dealing with problems behaviors in meetings.

Memory Test

Here’s a quick jolt that helps participants discover basic psychological facts about our memory. You can conduct this jolt with any number of people in about 10-15 minutes. You don’t need any special supplies other than paper and pencil. 

Mind Reader

Ask everyone in the group to: Pick a number between 1 and 10 and keep it secret. Multiply this number by 9. If this number has 2 digits, add them together.

Mistake Mastery

Purpose: To promote safe risk-taking and to remove stigma from making minor mistakes. 

My N.A.M.E.

This is… An activity in which participants introduce themselves by presenting their first names as acronyms. The purpose is… Everyone knows everyone else’s name and some interesting things about each other. That information may prompt some small talk later. 

Needs Assessment

Ask attendees to imagine that today is the day they’ve finished their team project. The task successfully completed, you are all now lifting a glass of champagne to celebrate a job well done. Each person is now to describe, one by one, what they most enjoyed about the project, as well as what they got out of the experience personally.

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