|The Fourth Element: 16 Ideas For Introductions|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Saying hello in a group of people is difficult for many people. When we introduce ourselves, we sometimes become self-conscious. Often, we get too involved in saying things perfectly. During introductions, we should really take time to learn about others in the classroom. Also, odd questions can help ease any introduction anxieties and set a more creative tone for a class. Welcome to the…
It is as easy as using a four part formula for introduction. The facilitator goes first and, in turn, everyone in the room has the floor long enough to answer address the following:
Anything that you can think of can be fodder for the introduction formula. I once attended training where the ‘hook’ in the introduction was based on the then popular Twilight vampire series. The question that all had to answer was, “Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?” (When my turn came, I answered that I am unaffiliated.)
Here are some possible fourth elements:
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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