If you were marooned on a deserted island, who would you want with you?
This ice breaker is a great game to play when people don’t know each other, and it fosters team building in groups that already work together. I have always found people's choices to be very revealing about who they are.
Up to 30. Divide larger groups.
Introductions in the classroom or at a meeting, and as a team building exercise.
30 minutes, depending on the size of the group.
Give people a minute or two to think about this question: If you were marooned on a deserted island, which three people would you want with you? They can be dead, alive, or imaginary. Ask participants to introduce themselves and share their choices with the group. Start with yourself so they have an example.
Hi, my name is Deb. If I were marooned on a deserted island, I would want Tim with me because he’s smart, strong, and fun, and I love him. He would know how to make a shelter and find food, and we’d have wonderful conversations. My second choice would be someone who tells great stories, like Garrison Keillor or Eoin Colfer. And my third would be Solomon Burke, the blues singer, so we’d have soulful music.
Debrief by asking if there were any surprises in the group and if anybody has a question for another participant. You will have listened carefully to the introductions. If somebody has chosen a person related in any way to your topic, use that person as a transition to your first lecture or activity.
The Ice Breaker Forum
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