What is an ice breaker?
According to google:
a ship designed for breaking a channel through ice.
a thing that serves to relieve inhibitions or tension between people.
Personally, I am a fan of the first Definition.
A thing that serves to relieve inhibitions or tension between two people. I think it usually involves more than two people like a group of people.
But this definition is interesting because it acknowledges the existence of awkwardness, tension or inhibitions that stop people from functioning normally.
Icebreakers are usually used to cut through the heat.
(this post was in no shape or form an advertisement for the Sprite drink)
If it was only this easy to beat the awkwardness, just drink and it’s gone.
But this image above have the classic tells of what is an ice breaker. Beach because it’s hot or a hot day, water because it is refreshing, the guy with a weird outfit consisting of a green underwear or swim suit, almost naked, handlebar mustache and goggles and not what we would call a perfect body, ie a guy hitting the gym. Lastly the giant Sprite bottle with water splashing behind it showing how refreshing it is. Using its awkwardness
Using its awkwardness to be different it can create a certain atmosphere that “this person is not so different from me”. If two people find it funny, it creates a conversation starter, ” Wow that guy has green underwear and he just doesn’t care”. People then get to start thinking, “maybe this person isn’t so different”.
Something funny is great to control the atmosphere.
But I am not going to make a drink and market it as an icebreaker. But I want to incorporate the ideas that the people put behind this advertisement because it really points to an acceptable conclusion that we can think of sprite as an ice breaker.
But a classic childhood icebreaker in the classroom is people bingo.
It is simple, a concept of bingo, but to mark out a box, you have to find a person who has the trait or done the activity on the box.
Its simple, its easy to understand and you talk to people. It generates easy conversation starters.