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5 Icebreakers to Try Using Audience Response Systems



Icebreakers are a great way to start a training session. These activities encourage cooperation and enhance participation, helping you build a positive learning environment. Participants learn about one another, laugh and problem solve, thus creating a friendly, social atmosphere.

I have done a little research and would like to share a few icebreaker activities that could be used with Audience Response Systems. Response systems can be an effective way of helping trainees get to know one another. Participants can answer questions anonymously using a smart response app or a response keypad. With no fear of judgement, participants are more likely to answer honestly. These simple activities will help you create an environment of active and engaged learners, eager to participate and share.

#1 Fact or Fiction:

Ask participants to write three things about themselves. Two are true and one is not. Have participants read ‘facts’ about themselves to the group. Pose true and false questions using the Survey Bar application and have the group vote on whether each statement is Fact or Fiction. Display the results to the group after each statement is read.

#2 If Statements:

Create a short PowerPoint presentation that contains some fun get-to-know-you facts. For instance, ‘If I gave you $10,000, what would you spend it on?’ or ‘If you could wish for one thing, what would it be?’ Create a handful of slides and then use the Pick feature in Qwizdom Actionpoint software to randomly call on participants.

#3 Would You Rather..?

This is a great way to get everyone laughing and relaxed before you start in on a serious topic. For instance, you can start with light hearted questions like, ‘Would you rather, eat peas or carrots?’ or ‘Would you rather, watch football or baseball,’ etc…

#4 Have You Ever?

This would be a great icebreaker to start with at a sensitivity training. Using Yes or No questions and Qwizdom Actionpoint software, pose a few light-hearted questions like, ‘Have you ever drank from the milk carton, when know when was looking?’ or ‘Have you ever eaten chocolate covered ants?’ Then move to questions that address situations that may have occurred in the workplace. For instance, ‘Have you ever been made to feel uncomfortable by an action of another co-worker or manager?’ or ‘Have you ever been asked to lie or cover for a coworker’s actions?’ These tough questions can act as a conversation starter when approaching tough and uncomfortable discussion topics.

#5 Trivia Game

This is a fun way to help you assess what your participants already know about a topic. Focus questions around training goals and objectives. Create a PowerPoint with approximately 25 slides. If you have a large group, break into teams. Present the trivia questions in a Jeopardy-style game called Quandary. Team points are based on the number of correct responses from each team member. At the end of the game, reward the winning group with candy or coffee gift cards. As the presenter, you can gather information on areas of focus. An easy way to do this is to print out the PowerPoint, and then mark the questions that a large percentage of the group misses. Address the topic in the moment, and then touch on it again later in the day. It’s fun for the group, and you gather valuable information that helps to tailor instruction.

Conclusion: I hope that I may have provided you with a few more ideas on ways you can enhance your trainings using Audience Response technology. For more ideas please visit


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