BREAD mnemonic summarizes how to conduct sales training icebreaker games for facilitators and it stands for:
|Debrief Questions Examples|
- Extend the time (If required)
Icebreaker Introductions Require a Formal Briefing: While briefing, training facilitators tell the name of the game, description of the game, and how to play the game. Briefing helps the participants to understand the nature of the game.
Even a Simple Icebreaker must have Rules: A professional facilitator always writes down the rules of the game clearly with all the dos' and don'ts of a training game or activity so that the confusion is avoided while playing the activity.
An Effective Training Icebreaker will have Range: It is important that training facilitators clearly state the audience how long the game is going to last so that participants could plan their activity.
One of the Ways to Conduct an Effective Training Icebreakers is Rehearse: Some training games are too complicated to explain using mere words. If the trainer wants the game to move smoothly, they should play a trial game in order to clarify all the doubts that might linger in the participants' mind.
Engage the Participants and Conduct Creative Icebreakers: Simply put, play the game. Many professional facilitators also keep reminding the participants about the time lapse while the game is played so that participants know how much time is still left for the activity.
One of the best ways to be creative is to invent an icebreaker. Little thinking skills will open doors to innovative, never before icebreaker activities.
Some Training Icebreakers demand Extension of Time: Experienced corporate facilitators usually keep a buffer time so that the game could be extended in case the game is taking more than the planned schedule.
Training Games and Activities Must Have Answers and Solutions: Facilitators should choose training games for which there is an answer or solution. For instance, if the facilitator is conducting a quiz program, he/she must have the key/answers for the quiz questions. Some facilitators forget to keep the answer
key which results in embarrassment in front of the participants.
Debriefing is Vital in all Training Games and Activities
Whether it is a management skills training, technical skills training or soft skills training, it is always worth spending time on debriefing and, in fact, participants will be glad to hear what they have learnt and will be amazed to know to reflect upon the learning while playing the corporate game.
Besides procuring all the important materials for a training game--both indoor and outdoor games--It is professional of trainers to organize and structure the entire game, keeping the rules in place, planning allotment of time of each task, drafting the participants' learning. A well planned corporate training game will have a good beginning, and a good end.