The activities

All the activities I suggest are low-tech, fun, and easy to run. And they always have a point which can be adapted according to your learning objective. To give you an idea, here’s an outline listing some of the exercises you’ll find in the book:

Icebreakers / Revision

  • Snowball fight
  • Pig personality profile
  • Pass the parcel
  • Questions in a hat
  • Toilet paper
  • Pennies in a basket


  • Networking bingo
  • Say hello
  • Count to 20
  • Name game
  • Yes and / yes but
  • The networking handshake
  • Eye contact

Breaking large groups into small groups or pairs

  • Fuzzy balls
  • Index cards (File cards)
  • Line up
  • Islands

Enlivening ‘boring’ information

  • Pub quiz
  • Higher / lower
  • Visual flipcharts

Audience voting

  • Stand up
  • Red / green


  • Envelopes
  • Paper tearing
  • Game mashup
  • Change chairs
  • Pick a card, any card
  • Woolly handcuffs

Case studies

  • Speedy brainstorm
  • Pop-up tent
  • Rope trick

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