Help people get to know each other. After all, the most compelling reason for an ice-breaker is to create a stress-free environment, optimized for learning. These 6" Thumballs offer a range of get to know you options.
The Session Openers Thumballs offers somewhat deeper prompts that explore players' motivations, goals for the event or session that lies ahead. It also offers a handful of tips that let individuals share insight into what makes them tick.
Toss the ball and ask recipients to share their reaction to whatever prompt lies under their thumb. Thumball is a soft 6" stuffed ball with loads of applications!
Session Openers Thumball prompts include...
- Proudest moment
- My best coach / teacher
- I most admire
- Childhood hobby
- I'm happiest when
- Claim to fame
- My worst habit
- Pet peeve at work
- My greatest work challenge
- I wish to be better at
- I'm here because
- I'll be successful if
- I'd like to change
- Childhood dream
- A day I'd live over
- Most creative contribution
- Something I'd like to invent
- I hope to learn
- In my next life
- If I had $1,000,000
- The world needs
- Oops! I forgot to
- Greatest strength at work
- I learn best by
- My smartest decision
- What makes me cranky
- My goal for the day
- A talent I wish I had
- With one free hour, I'd
- Best advice ever received
- My biggest waste of time
** TIPS **
Choose when to use it: Customers say, "This is one of the best session starters ever, because I can relate it to my content!" As an open-ended exercise, it's a perfect conversation starter for icebreakers, energizers, team building, lesson reinforcement and more.
Explain: Let your group know that you see the Session Openers Thumball as an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and each other. Help those who dislike icebreakers to understand that the Thumball will help them:
- Understand who else is participating (if they don't already know each other)
- Uncover goals and expectations for the day
- Surface concerns about the material or other issues that may be distracting them
How to play:
Take turns circulating the Thumball by passing, rolling, tossing and catching. Ask recipients to respond to the prompt under their right thumb.
If you want to kick it up a notch, try these creative twists:
- Specify that answers should relate specifically to personal and workplace experiences.
- Ask players to anticipate what answer will be given by another player.
- Have players recall answers given by previous responders, before adding their own answer.
- Ask first recipient to select an answer panel to which all players must respond or contribute.
- Survey players on several question panels, then create charts or graphs that
reflect the cumulative responses.
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This Thumball is part of Trainers Warehouse's exclusive Silver Series Thumballs.
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Great way to get to know the group.
I will use this in my group coaching conversations. I was quite surprised to see the name advertised twice I find this a negative. Once would have been good enough! ??
Fun tool to get people talking and relaxed before a training.
At our company we are using the Thumball in our leadership development classes. We give each new leader a ball of their own after they complete their first class. We ask them to take it back with them to use in their safety and staff meetings. They love it! It's easy enough to use with small and large groups, and a fun way to start off any gathering. I would highly recommend to teams that are both new and well established.
I've purchased 3 different thumballs but this, by far, is the easiest to use with different types of groups (new hires, leadership, tenured reps, etc.) I bought this thumball 3 years ago and am still using it today. Although you can use it in any type of classroom, I tend to use it in new hire class where people don't know one another and where learning "fun facts" about the group you'll be with for a few weeks helps break the ice. I would highly recommend this product to anyone - especially new hire trainers or educators that are trying to create a comfortable environment for their participants.
I use a power point slide asking each student to provide their name, place in program, job responsibility and answer to question where right thumb is on ball. I ask for a volunteer, then the volunteer throws the ball to whomever they want to hear from next and so on. Lots of fun and lets students know that this will be a different sort of class than they're used to.