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Using Icebreakers > Openers

Openers

Openers differ from acquainters in that they introduce or tie in to the subject matter being taught. Eitington notes that openers are intended to “set the stage, to avoid abrupt starts, and generally to make participants comfortable with the formal program they are about to experience.” Openers also may energize the group after coffee breaks and luncheons and may be used to open sessions that occur on the second or third day of the program. Here are some examples of openers.

Introductions/Expectations

The following exercise, although not an icebreaking game, provides an excellent way to warm up a new class. This exercise allows instructors to match participant expectations with the program's objectives, providing an excellent lead-in to the program topic.


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