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Workshop and Meetings Energizers Template

Begin every online session by engaging people right away with workshops and meeting energizers.

About the Workshop and Meetings Energizers Template

Maira Rahme, strategist and facilitator at Big Motive, created a series of workshop energizers activities when she realized that warm-up exercises contributed to the well-being of participants and relaxed them before the workshop or meeting.

She documented and added them to this template, so everyone can easily copy and paste them to their board and run it with their teams.

What are the Workshop and Meetings Energizers about?

The Workshop and Meetings Energizers Template is a compilation of five meeting warm-up activities: 5 Senses, Weather Report, Superheroes, GIF Challenge, and Emoji Story Scavenger Hunt.

Each of them helps you engage people, keeping them focused and relaxed before starting a meeting, workshop or class.

Benefits of using the Workshop and Meetings Energizers Template

If you are facilitating a workshop or running a long meeting, keeping people engaged at all times is challenging. Meetings and workshops energizer activities help get people active on the board, focusing on something fun and lighthearted.

Icebreakers are also a great way to get people in the mood for a long, difficult meeting, especially when you need to work on a complex topic. This template is also a great Zoom energizer, fighting the so-called ‘Zoom fatigue.’

How to use the Workshop and Meetings Energizers Template

The Meetings and Workshop Energizers Template contains five icebreaker activities. Select the one you’d like to use and follow the instructions below:

1. The 5 Senses Template

This workshop energizer plays with our five bodily senses and brings us back to the present moment, similar to a mini-meditation. The facilitation is pretty easy, and you just need to invite people to explore their environment through their senses. Choose this icebreaker if you need extra focus on your meeting or workshop.

2. Weather Report Template

Use this icebreaker to know how people feel without being invasive or too obvious. This activity allows participants to explore their creativity and, at the same time, express how they are feeling at that particular moment. Invite people to build their window view based on their mood. Instruct them to use the weather elements at the bottom of the template; if they feel inspired, they can add their own images. If you can, add some background music and let everyone explore the board in their own time. To finalize, and if everyone agrees, invite people to share their reflections.

3. Superheroes Template

This workshop energizer activity is perfect for connecting people. Invite people to show appreciation for one another with this icebreaker, asking them to write their colleague's best qualities and transform them into superpowers. You can add people’s portraits to the board or ask them to draw their own portraits. This is a collaborative exercise, so be mindful of how you organize drawings and people’s turns.

4. GIF Challenge Template

Use this icebreaker at the start or the end of a meeting or workshop. It’s fun and easy to make: ask one question to your participants and invite them to answer it with GIFs. This energizer is great for breaking the ice and easing tension. Here are some questions that you might want to ask:

  • What am I bringing to this meeting?

  • How do I feel right now?

  • What’s my role in the team?

Instruct people to be creative and send them a Giphy link, or explain how to upload a file via the upload icon.

5. Emoji Story Scavenger Hunt Template

This workshop energizer is great for getting everyone active and focused on the meeting. It’s a very quick activity; do as many rounds as you want!

Pick one emoji, duplicate it, and add it to the board frame. Invite people to find it and establish a very short time frame to make this icebreaker more exciting. In the end, whoever finds it has to tell a short story about the emoji.

Workshop and Meetings Energizers Template FAQs

What are energizer activities?

Energizer activities help you lead meetings and workshops more effectively, warming up the room and getting participants focused and engaged. You can lead energizers in many ways, depending on your time and effort. This template contains five workshop energizer activities you can choose from, allowing you also to tailor them to your meeting as you see fit.

What are some good meeting warm-up questions?

Good warm-up questions are the ones that have the power to connect and engage your meeting participants. Avoid getting too personal or touching on topics that might be sensitive or not inclusive. It’s ok to ask questions about job experiences, skills, or entertainment, so people can connect and share their answers without feeling uncomfortable. Some questions examples: ‘What was your first job?’, ‘How many languages do you speak?’ or ‘What was the last book you read?’.

How do you make a workshop fun?

People usually engage in fun workshops and get value out of them. There are a few things that you can do to make your workshop fun, like keeping energy levels high by engaging people with workshop energizers or allowing them to learn something new at your workshop or meeting. Lead the workshop in a way that time is well planned, so it doesn’t feel dragged or too fast. Remember that for every meeting, it helps to have clear communication, inclusive guidance, and good time management.

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