Session Openers Thumball

Break the ice and build teams!

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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...

  1. Proudest moment
  2. My best coach / teacher
  3. I most admire
  4. Childhood hobby
  5. I'm happiest when
  6. Claim to fame
  7. My worst habit
  8. Pet peeve at work
  9. My greatest work challenge
  10. I wish to be better at
  11. I'm here because
  12. I'll be successful if
  13. I'd like to change
  14. Childhood dream
  15. A day I'd live over
  16. Most creative contribution
  17. Something I'd like to invent
  18. I hope to learn
  19. In my next life
  20. If I had $1,000,000
  21. The world needs
  22. Oops! I forgot to
  23. Greatest strength at work
  24. I learn best by
  25. My smartest decision
  26. What makes me cranky
  27. My goal for the day
  28. A talent I wish I had
  29. With one free hour, I'd
  30. Best advice ever received
  31. My biggest waste of time

[NOTE: Silver Series Conversation Prompts are available as Thumballs, UNZiP-IT! Pocket & Deck, and Virtual/Remote PPT.]

** TIPS **

Facilitation Suggestions

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:

  1. Understand who else is participating (if they don't already know each other)
  2. Uncover goals and expectations for the day
  3. 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:

  1. Specify that answers should relate specifically to personal and workplace experiences.
  2. Ask players to anticipate what answer will be given by another player.
  3. Have players recall answers given by previous responders, before adding their own answer.
  4. Ask first recipient to select an answer panel to which all players must respond or contribute.
  5. 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.


Session Openers Thumball

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