Haven’t we all been there? That moment when you sit down to prepare the first few lines of your presentation. The core of your story isn’t that difficult – you’re an expert on the matter. Yet, you want the beginning to be smashing too! We’re here to help: pick any of these ice-breakers and melt your crowd!:
1: Show some pictures
You’ll surprise an audience with something unexpected. Choose a picture of your travels, your pets or childhood. Anything personal will do. This not only helps to introduce yourself, but people can have a laugh too. That’s what we call an ice-breaker: A charming and light start of your story!
2: Talk to your neighbour
Take the focus of yourself and let attendees first briefly speak to one another. Think of a question they can discuss, like “How innovative do you consider yourself?”, “What’s your best experience with today’s theme?”. Do you notice how the atmosphere has become so much more relaxt?
3: Tell a story
Recently Sendsteps facilitated a large event of a hotel booking platform. The CEO asked the audience with which story he should kick off: A] My trend predictions for the upcoming travel season B] My reflection on last year’s performance C] My last holiday to Greece. The audience voted for C.
4: Ask a personal question
Instead of telling your story, let the audience share theirs with you. Come up with a few fun and personal questions: “If you would own a time machine, to what moment would you travel back?”, “What will you do on your first day of retirement?” or “What did you find difficult to share as a kid?”.
5: Check stereotypes
Imagine yourself in front of a group that is predominantly represented by one type of profession e.g. lawyers, marketeers or nurse practitioners. You’ll find plenty of image studies online that describe how people see a specific profession. Check with your crowd if indeed “Lawyers are smooth talkers” or if “Event planners are well-organized in their private live too”.
The trick to these ice-breakers is to make people feel more relaxt. To create more interaction. To tear down some walls that can easily be pulled up in a professional context. A lighter energy will reflect on your story too. For any of the above ice-breakers it helps to publish outcomes onto the presentation screen. You can do so for your poll, your open question or wordcloud! Ready? Now melt some ice!