TT Shorts: The Clapping Exercise – an icebreaker that cures hair loss!

I didn’t want to leave a big gap over summer, so I thought I’d chuck in another short podcast about a simple energiser, or icebreaker (it can be either, or both) that anyone can use on any course.

It’s not just an icebreaker though, it also has positive health benefits (see here), including preventing hair loss! Something I wish I’d known about a few years ago.

Seema Sarawgi explains how she uses this and how it’s a simple, fun and energetic way to start a training day.

Here are the feeds to the podcast:

 Seema Sarawgi

Seema Sarawgi is a Learning and Development professional with around 8 years of experience of working with both public and private sectors in India and the UKread more about Seema here.

Why bother breaking ice? (And if you do, how to do it properly!)

Human beings need to feel comfortable to be able to learn.

To feel comfortable within a group they need a sense of acceptance and control. To build rapport with other learners and the trainer, they need to go through rituals.

Icebreakers can help us do that.

However, they can also help us achieve the exact opposite. If they are not well designed for the course content and the group they can make people feel uncomfortable and wish they were anywhere else but in your training room!

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Paul Tizzard, author of three books about icebreakers, about how to make sure they work!


Paul Tizzard

Paul Tizzard has been a professional trainer since 1996 and independent since 2001. He is a trained presenter, coach and facilitator. Since becoming independent, he has been fortunate to work in many different countries with an eclectic range of industries and companies. … read more about Paul here.

Breaking ice and building rapport: three quick and easy techniques

How much effort we put into the very first part of training courses, in breaking the ice and building rapport, can directly impact the effectiveness of the rest of the day. This is especially true if you rely on input from learners and seek to create a social environment where people learn from each other, not just the trainer at the front.

Jon Kersey always invests time here, more so than any other trainer I work with, and in this podcast he shares his three favourite techniques.

Jon argues that the time and effort invested here pays him back in terms of quality of conversations – and therefore quality of learning – that happens in the room throughout the day. I don’t always agree with Jon on this one, I usually prefer to provide content input sooner, especially on shorter courses – but it would be boring if we were all the same!

Here are the feeds to the podcast:

Jon Kersey

Jon Kersey has over 15 years experience in the training and personal development world, significant experience of the retail (The Burton Group, Comet and River Island), financial (HSBC) and public sectors, and international experience having trained in organisations in South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe … read more about Jon here.

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