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 are some of the exercises you’ll find in the book (activities marked * can be adapted to work online as well as offline):

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) Pairs
  • Index cards (File cards) Groups
  • 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 (contributed by Alan Stevens)
  • Woolly handcuffs (contributed by Gina Schreck)

Case studies

  • Speedy brainstorm (with thanks to Shirley Taylor and Andy Lopata)
  • Pop-up tent
  • Rope trick (with thanks to Julie Holmes)

To get exclusive links to the videos where I demonstrate each activity with a live audience, you’ll have to buy the book on Amazon.

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