Icebreakers and Games that Safety Trainers Play

Icebreakers / Games that Safety trainers play

Guest Post by the late George Robotham 

icebeakersLots of interaction is the key to successful facilitation of learning and I looked at a few sources of information to try to improve my processes


The big book of icebreakers Edie West

Quick meeting openers Brian Miller

Even more gamers trainers play John Newstrom

I choose carefully from the techniques mentioned in the books. Ones I choose had to be simple, required a minimum of props and hard mental effort and engaging peoples values

1 contributor sent me the following links:


Hi George a few links to stir up you creativity:

Troy Jeanes sent me his list of icebreakers, these are very specific to safety. I thank these people for their contribution:

Warm up before a meeting

If you were to be someone other than yourself, who would you be? Why?

If you were to be an automobile what would you be? Why?

Warm the group up and get them to know each other

Give participants 3 minutes to consider what they will be doing in 5, 10 and 20 years from now

Have each participant share his or her vision for the future with the group

Warm the group up and getting participants to connect with each other

Have the participants think silently about the best thing that happened in the last week

Participants share

Warm the group up and getting participants to connect with each other

Ask participants to share what was their best deal yet

Getting to know you

Participants interview others and then share

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Hobbies
  • Dream holiday
  • Most significant achievement
  • Most memorable moment

Contract with myself

The most ideas I have been exposed to at this seminar are?

As a result of those ideas, I intend to do the following things in the next 30 days?

By doing these things, I will achieve the following things?

Reviewing learning

Before we break for smoko please tell me the 10 main things you have learnt so far

Top 10 time wasters

Ask group to identify the top 10 management time wasters. Note- readily adaptable to a range of topics.

Managing change

Groups of 4-5

Identify a situation where some type of change was introduced in your organisation. Provide details

Was the change resisted?

Why or why not?

In retrospect, what should have been done to make the change easier?

Leadership pre post test

  1. Rate on a scale of 1-10
  2. How much do you know about how to motivate people?
  3. How good are you at talking to groups and communicating?
  4. How do you think others would rate you as a leader?
  5. How would you rated yourself as a leader?
  6. How good are you at dealing with difficult people?
  7. How likely are you to introduce yourself to people you do not know?
  8. How much do you know about leadership
  9. How much leadership experience do you have?
  10. How well do you work under pressure?
  11. How important are you to the overall success of the organisation?

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