I'm prepping for my "Take Me to the Social Web" workshop that I'll be teaching in Australia. I've been working on an idea for an icebreaker and it might be the dumbest thing I've ever attempted. So, need your feed back.
- For participants to get to know other participants
- To extract burning questions
- To understand the concept of micro media or being succinct
- To show Twitter in action as an easy way to share information/listen throughout workshop
1. Briefly introduce Twitter - pull up home page
"Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"
2. Explain some of the benefits of Twitter - how it can be a valuable source of "just in time" answers from your network. Key skill is to be succinct (140 characters) and know who to "follow."
3. Explain exercise goals and that we'll be posting some of our burning questions throughout the day to Twitter and checking in for answers as the workshop unfolds.
4. Give instructions to participants to do the exercise
- Ask participants to work in pairs
- Tell them to share with their partner that they hope to learn from this workshop and why
- Each partner to give feedback on how to boil it down into a 140 character question
- Repeat, but switch roles
- Write your questions on paper using this form
a. Spaces count as a character.
b. Abbreviate words
c. Use phrases rather than complete sentences
d. Use another piece of paper if you need to write out your question in order to count your characters first
- Be prepared to share your question with the group and I will twitter it to my network and we’ll check in during the day for answers.
5. Have participants work on exercise, keep eye on time. Give each person 5-7 minutes. Let know when to switch.
6. Go round robin and have each person introduce themselves: Name, Organization, Burning Question. Flip chart burning questions.
7. Ask for a couple of volunteers who like their question answered first from Twitter. Throughout the day, reference questions and at appropriate times ask on Twitter.
2. Flip Chart/Markers
4. Internet Connection
5. Twitter account with responsive group of followers