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This-or-That Icebreaker Template

In small groups, participants will take turns to answer fun reflective questions and then share back their experience with the group.

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What is the This-or-That icebreaker? 👯‍♀️

This icebreaker is perfect for medium-to-large groups where you want to quickly form more intimate connections.

You’ll break people out into small groups where they will take turns answering this-or-that questions found in the flashcard decks attached to each breakout.

How it works

Run three breakouts for 5 min. each. Each breakout has a 5-card flashcard deck with questions or "this or that” affirmations.

For each round, people will be put with a different group of 3-4. As discussions are progressing, so will the depth of the questions they will need to answer.

End with a sharing round of how the experience was.

Here are the questions found in each flashcard deck:

First ice crack

  1. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be?
  2. Mountain OR sea?
  3. Fill in the blanks: I’m lost in the middle of nowhere, and I’m feeling _____ so I think I will ________.
  4. City OR forest?
  5. Top 3 on my bucket list/resolution list for the year: .....

Ice gets thinner

  1. What’s a recent accomplishment you’re proud of?
  2. Only speak in questions OR only speak in movie quotes?
  3. If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach?
  4. Live alone on a tropical island OR live with other people in Antarctica?
  5. If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

Shattered ice

  1. What’s one strange thing you used to believe as a child?
  2. What would scare me slightly that I could do today?
  3. Of all your worldly possessions, what would be the hardest to give up?
  4. If you HAD TO change one thing in your life so far, what would you change and why?
  5. What personal or professional turning point are you most grateful for?

About the creator

Anamaria Dorgo is the Head of Community at Butter. Her mission is to create a space where facilitators, workshoppers, trainers, design thinkers, and innovation and strategy consultants can team up, share best practices, tackle challenges collectively, and accelerate their careers together with like-minded people. 🙌


11-30 mins


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