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Avoid awkwardness with an icebreaker

Surely Betty Draper would know how to prevent silence at the table (image courtesy AMC)It's every hosts' nightmare: you're hosting a dinner party and conversation is stilted and uninspired.  The hours drag on, and the guests leave the minute their forks hit the empty plates.  How to prevent this utter tragedy?

How about an icebreakerFoiled Cupcakes owner Mari Luangrath recently shared an icebreaker on her personal blog.  In it she details a unique activity that's perfect for a group that doesn't know each other very well, yet is made up of extroverts...I imagine the painfully shy wouldn't enjoy this.

The rules:

1. Talk about yourself, your accomplishments, goals, dreams – for two minutes.
2. No embellishing allowed – just straight facts.
3. Those listening shouldn’t be judgmental.
4. Stop after two minutes.
5. Allow the others in the group to do Q & A / follow up on any interesting points for two minutes.
6. Move onto the next person.

....get the rest of the details at Other People's Brilliant Thoughts, and then let me know what you think.  Would you do this?  How would you propose the idea to your guests?

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Reader Comments (1)

For my annual Oscars Party, we played the nametag game as an ice breaker. Each guest would have the name of a previous Oscar winner on his or her back. They can ask the other guests yes or no questions to guess their identity.

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermartymci

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