SXSW 2020

Ice Breakers: Why Uncomfortable Can be Ingenious


Let’s be honest, either you love them or you hate them. When successfully facilitated, ice breakers or warm-up games (which we sometimes call “stokes”) can lead to stronger team building and simple, more effective outcomes at meetings. The very reason they make us uncomfortable is the reason they work: they break down barriers and help us connect with each other in new ways. Athletic coaches never send their players out onto the field without a warm-up. It should be the same for meetings and classes. We’ll equip you with ways to execute successful icebreakers and become a stronger leader and team player. And we promise you a few laughs along the way.

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  1. Experience how the right ice-breaker can inspire a certain mindset and use activities to evoke those feelings, especially in more corporate settings.
  2. Experience what it’s like to take risks, collaborate, be vulnerable and walk away with personal “aha!” moments.
  3. Identify specific, manageable instructions for leading warm-ups or icebreaker activities.



Nada Dorman, Assistant Director Of Communications, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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