Creating your own icebreakers

Ice breakers or other forms of short conversation starters can be a great way to introduce a meeting, and to go deeper and get to know each other better.

While you can find suggested topics in the Alumni Forum Services Resource Library or via Google, creating your own can be even more meaningful and engaging.  Here are three ideas to stimulate your own thinking.

Idea #1: My best boss ever was … and why…

When Tom, a former boss that I deeply admired, died prematurely due to cancer, I wanted to remember and honor him at my next Forum meeting.  I asked the moderator if we could do this ice breaker in Tom’s memory.  Not only did I get to share a little of Tom with my Forum, we all benefited from hearing each other’s memories of our best bosses.

Idea #2: The three places I would wish to have my ashes spread (whether or not I will be cremated)…

I recently read a Wall Street Journal article that reported more and more people were finding creative places to spread their departed relatives’ ashes, with or without permission of the owner of the intended final resting place.  This ice breaker provided a wonderful way to learn more about the significant physical locations in each member’s life.

Idea #3: My most memorable moment as a fan or an athlete was…

Our Forum happened to be meeting the day after the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup last year.  This prompted one member to suggest this ice breaker – a great introduction to members’ achievements (or disappointments), on or off the playing field.

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