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Essentials of Icebreakers and Energizers
Ignite and sustain participant engagement.
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Experience the true purpose and value of strategically designed icebreakers, motivators, and energizers that encourage participant engagement. These lively technquies are sometimes criticized as being silly or time wasters. Why? Often they are applied inappropriately and without forethought. This program shows you how and why to select and create icebreakers, motivators, and energizers that sustain participant interest and motivation. A one- or two-minute energizer can be all it takes to re-engage participants. And an engaged participant is more likely to acquire a learning program or activity’s desired knowledge and skills.

Icebreakers have gotten a bad reputation through their inappropriate use and lack of planning, so much so that learning professionals avoid even using the I word. However, studies indicate a direct correlation between increased participant engagement and the achievement of learning objectives through the use of icebreakers, motivators, and energizers. During this program, you will recognize the business value of using these techniques and how the integration of learning and engagement processes enable adults to gain deeper meaning from these activities. Consider the content, establish the goal, and assess the participant population and culture before selecting or designing icebreakers, motivators, and energizers. Engagement theory provides a canvas to choose and create nonthreatening icebreakers, motivators, and energizers filled with relevant purpose and meaning. You will walk away with a knowledge base regarding adult attention spans; cognitive, emotional, and physical engagement; and the power of purposeful icebreakers, motivators, and energizers. You will return to the workplace with several unique icebreakers, motivators, and energizers that can be customized to your targeted participant groups and their needs. One or two minutes can be all it takes to ignite and sustain your participants in their learning experience.

Course Information
Why You Should Attend?
  • Obtain buy-in and acceptance for using icebreakers, motivators, and energizers to stimulate and maintain participant engagement.
  • Use icebreakers that focus participants on the agenda, encourage participants to meet, inspire reflection and sharing, facilitate meaningful conversation, strengthen teams, and generate kinetic energy.
  • Develop icebreakers, motivators, and energizers that are appropriate for particular situations and audiences.
What to Expect?
  • Interactive Format: During this online workshop, you will collaborate in real time with your facilitator and classmates through interactive group discussions, polls, chats, and whiteboard design sessions.
  • Supplemental Resources: This workshop includes electronic tools and templates to help you apply what you learned.
  • Technical Requirements: Each session of the workshop is conducted in the WebEx Training Center platform with a toll-free teleconference or VoIP option for the audio component. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.  In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.  
Who Should Attend?

This program is for learning professionals who want to tap into the power and benefits of icebreakers, motivators, and energizers. Whether you are a trainer, an instructional designer, or both, you’ll benefit from recognizing and making the business case for creating and using purposeful icebreakers, motivators, and energizers. You’ll also gain the knowledge and skills to select and design the most appropriate icebreakers, motivators, and energizers to meet your participants' needs.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resource specialists.

What Will I Learn?

After this program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the business value of participant engagement and the use of icebreakers, motivators, and energizers.
  • Describe the role of engagement in adult learning.
  • Identify when and why to use these two techniques.
  • Employ various types of icebreakers, motivators, and energizers.
  • Create one icebreaker, one motivator, and one energizer.
How Long Is This Course?
  • Online: 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • On-Site: Flexible dates & duration
Can I Earn Credit?

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. This program may be eligible for up to 4.5 CPLP recertification points.

What Is The Attendance Policy?

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and .45 CEUs. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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