Icebreakers For Work: Adults – Click Quotes Activity

Apr 9, 2024

Icebreakers, in my view, should aim to swiftly bridge people into meaningful conversations. They ought to serve more as connection accelerators than mere conversation starters. Whether it’s a first meeting or an interaction within an established group, the goal remains the same: to delve into the rich, untapped reservoir of our unique, ungoogleable life experiences.

The Power of “Click Quotes”

Enter the “Click Quotes” exercise—a tool designed to launch participants directly into engaging dialogues in a manner that feels safe and inviting. This method leverages a deck of cards, named Engage Cards, which can be accessed in both a physical format and a digital version available online for free. Each card features a mix of quotations and imagery, serving as the medium for the exercise.

How It Works

The process is straightforward. Participants, whether in person or remotely using an app, are encouraged to select a quote from the deck that resonates deeply with them—a quote that holds personal significance rather than choosing hastily or settling on the first option encountered.

For a practical demonstration, let’s imagine scattering the cards and each person picking one that strikes a chord. Once selected, participants pair up to share and discuss the meaning behind their chosen quotes.

The Importance of Choice and Safety

The essence of this exercise lies in the autonomy it provides. Participants are not compelled but are instead invited to select a quote that genuinely speaks to them. This approach fosters a sense of safety, as sharing is framed as a choice, allowing individuals to engage at their own comfort level.

This method also cleverly integrates a “safety blanket” mechanism. Initially, participants may find themselves focusing more on the card than on their partner, providing a subtle layer of comfort and easing the transition into eye contact and deeper connection.

Real-World Application and Insights

Through this exercise, participants uncover the value in everyone’s unique knowledge and experiences. For instance, a quote by Bill Nye, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t,” highlights the endless learning opportunities in every interaction. Another quote, inspired by Oprah Winfrey, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher,” serves as a reminder of the importance of nurturing growth-oriented relationships.

Beyond the Exercise: Expanding Access and Engagement

The foundational belief behind this initiative is that information and tools for enhancing social connections should be freely accessible. With that in mind, we encourage others to adopt and adapt this exercise, extending its benefits within their communities.

For those intrigued by the potential of “Click Quotes” and seeking further engagement strategies, there exists a wealth of over 500 activities curated within a comprehensive database. This resource, a collaboration between myself and Mark at Playmeo, aims to enrich group dynamics and foster deeper interpersonal connections.

Embracing these tools and approaches can transform mundane interactions into rich, meaningful conversations, ultimately enriching our social fabric.