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Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template

Get everyone active and bring energy to your workshops with this warm-up and wake-up icebreakers series.

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walt disney
asos
contentful
ubisoft
pepsico
macys
whirlpool
hanes
yamaha
docusign
liberty mutual
wp engine
accenture
bumble
delloite
hewlett packard
total
dropbox
walt disney
asos
contentful
ubisoft
pepsico
macys
whirlpool
hanes
yamaha
docusign

About the Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template

Matt Fangman, senior director and design thinker at Genesys, created this template with five icebreakers you can use to bring more connection and energy to your meetings. They are warm-up and wake-up exercises, helping facilitators to start their sessions on a good foot.

The Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template is also a great tool to introduce participants in a fun way, show them how to work with Miro boards, and prepare them for what the rest of the session will look like.

What’s the Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template?

The Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template is a collection of five icebreaker exercises designed to connect, energize and engage people.

Here are the five icebreakers:

  • Would you rather?

  • About me

  • Artifact

  • Two Truths and a Lie

  • How I work

We will explain in detail how to use each of them below.

Benefits of using the Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template

Facilitators benefit immensely from icebreakers, and they have the power to change the mood in the room. This template is designed to bring energy to meetings and connect people, removing the pressure that comes with workshops and long Zoom calls.

The warm-up and wake-up exercises also allow people to have fun while working, shifting their focus to other activities and engaging them in fun, lighthearted ways.

Another benefit of running a warm-up or wake-up activity is that you feel the room and, if needed, change strategies or facilitation accordingly.

How to use the Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template

The Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template has five different icebreaker activities, as listed below:

Would You Rather

This is a known game that can turn any session into a fun meeting.

The icebreaker is simple: you’ll give two options, and people have to choose which one they prefer. And remember, there is no middle ground! Here are some tips on how to run this icebreaker:

  1. Before starting the workshop, add participant's names or photos in the central column between the facts or things they need to choose.

  2. Start by reading each scenario.

  3. Ask everyone to take their pick and move their photo or name to the side they would rather be/like.

  4. Have fun!

About ME

This icebreaker is all about getting to know each other and connecting people. Each frame is dedicated to each participant to add:

  • A picture representing them.

  • A picture that represents the current year for them.

  • One thing that they learned recently.

  • A picture of their favorite food.

The good thing about this workshop is that all the fun facts are familiar to everybody and can be surprising or even revealing without being invasive.

Pro-tip for running this activity:

  • Ask participants to complete this task before the workshop.

  • At the workshop, save some time for the round of introductions and ask them to tell everyone about their frame in 60 seconds.

  • This activity must be completed prior to the workshop.

Artifact

Use this template to inject some energy into your meeting and get people moving without so much effort.

The idea is pretty simple: ask everyone to take a picture of an item that means something to them. Afterward, ask them to place it next to their names and share their story.

Two Truths and a Lie

This exercise is excellent for team building and getting to know each other. Inspired by the game, run it following these instructions:

  1. Ask everyone to write three statements about themselves under their names. Two must be true and one a lie.

  2. Do a round, asking everyone to read their statements aloud.

  3. Ask everyone to vote which one is the lie.

How I Work

Run this icebreaker to get people in the right mindset and to allow them to know each other working styles and how to collaborate better.

  1. Before the workshop, place the participants' names and titles (in pairs) on the board.

  2. Ask them to find their names and pick one of each trait and slide it under their name.

  3. Afterward, invite people to playback the other person's board.

To add the icebreaker to your Miro workshop board:

  1. Select the icebreaker you want to add to your workshop board.

  2. Copy the icebreaker frame

  3. Paste it to your board.

Warm-ups and Wake-ups Template FAQs

How do you warm-up for an online meeting?

Many facilitators add online icebreakers to their workshops and meetings to warm-up and engage people. Miro’s community space Miroverse has a very extensive icebreaker collection. Choose one that better fits your needs. And, have fun!

How do you energize virtual meetings?

There are many ways to bring energy to your meetings, and icebreakers are often a great tool to get people active and engaged while running a virtual session. On this template, you’ll find five icebreaker activities you can choose, so you can inject extra energy when running a workshop or meeting. If none of these suits your needs, find more icebreakers in our Miroverse community.

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