Ditch traditional icebreakers and increase engagement, build trust and foster deep connections – without making people cringe.

Ditch traditional icebreakers and increase engagement, build trust and foster deep connections – without making people cringe.

JOIN THE NEXT IN-PERSON FACILITATOR TRAINING

Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
September 18-19, 2024

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JOIN THE NEXT IN-PERSON FACILITATOR TRAINING

Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
September 18-19, 2024

Register Now

Transform awkward icebreakers from a mere checklist item into a purposeful, impactful practice

And you’ll receive testimonials like these:

“Immediately after completing this course, I facilitated two live, virtual training sessions where I felt confident, relaxed, had so much fun facilitating, and was rewarded with these comments in our feedback survey. Thanks, Jan!”

Winnie Dubois, ADTPTraining and Development Professional

Stop BREAKING the ice 🧊🔨

As the person leading a group, you understand the importance of starting group sessions on the right note.

But let’s face it—the mere mention of “icebreakers” often triggers a wave of discomfort rather than excitement among participants.

The traditional approach to ‘breaking the ice’ often leads to forced interactions, a lack of deep connections, and an overall sense of awkwardness that undermines the session’s goals.

Just think of it:

The very visual of “breaking the ice” evokes images of forceful, jarring actions, resonating with discomfort and potential pain. 😬

Melt the ice instead 🔥

Imagine melting the ice by building a campfire.

It’s a gentle, gradual process that naturally thaws barriers and creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This shift helps your group sessions move from awkward to engaging.

When you create this kind of environment, you build trust and psychological safety: The foundation that encourages creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

Mastering the Art of MELTING the Ice goes beyond merely selecting silly games to play with your groups. It’s about making sure every participant feels valued and ready to contribute. So, in your next workshop, training, or meeting, you’ll see curiosity and genuine interest instead of sighs and eye rolls.

Here is what we’ll cover in the Facilitator Training

Join me for an immersive training designed to transform the way you lead and facilitate group sessions.

This hands-on experience will equip you with the skills and knowledge to create engaging, trust-building, and deeply connecting experiences that leave a lasting impact on participants – without making people cringe.

MODULE 1

Understand The Flaws of Traditional Icebreakers: Learn why traditional icebreakers often fail and the negative impact they can have on group dynamics and trust-building.

MODULE 2

Create an Inclusive and Engaging Environment: Gain practical strategies for setting up your sessions to foster a welcoming and psychologically safe environment that encourages participation from everyone, including introverts.

MODULE 3

Design Meaningful Activities: Learn how to design and select activities that align with your session’s goals, cater to participants’ diverse needs, and promote genuine connections without awkwardness.

MODULE 4

Maintain Engagement: Develop skills to keep participants engaged and the session momentum high while also learning how to handle unexpected situations and turn potential disruptions into opportunities.

MODULE 5

Building Lasting Trust and Deep Connections: Discover techniques to cultivate genuine relationships, build trust, and create a sense of belonging in any group setting, leading to enhanced creativity, collaboration, and overall group success.

I planned and ran an Unofficial Start Activity at my workshop today and it worked brilliantly!!
It got everyone off their laptops & stopped others from getting them out. And it certainly got them talking ahead of the 'official' start 15 mins later.

Alex O’RourkeLockSmith Consulting

Your Ice Melter Activities saved me last week!!!
Running an in-person workshop where some participants turned up 20 minutes late and then several participants came back 15 mins late from lunch.

Julia StentBoard Advisor
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What’s Included in this Training?

In-Person Training

Immersive, hands-on training in a small group size of 12-20 people, including delicious and healthy catered lunches.

Digital Course Access

Lifetime access to the digital companion course, covering the training’s content.

Private Community Access

Stay connected to the other students afterwards in our private online community.

Printed Workbook & Resources

Checklists, exercises and other resources, so you can be fully present in the session without having to write down everything.

Pre-Release Copy of my Ice Melters Book

Be one of the first to get your hands on my upcoming book, which is all about the content of this training.

Certification

Join for both days to get an official signed certificate of completion, so you can promote your new skills!

Day 2

Ice Melting Mastery
(+ Get Your Certification)

Join for an optional second day and test your new facilitation skills in a low-risk, fun environment.

Put everything you’ve learned into practice by facilitating a mini-workshop with your peers and earn a certification to validate your advanced facilitation skills.

What to expect from Day 2

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Hands-On Practice: Design and lead a short session using ice melters and facilitation techniques learned on Day 1. Apply your skills in realistic scenarios to ensure effective translation of theory into practice.

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Small Groups: Benefit from diverse experiences with your peers by designing and co-facilitating a mini-workshop in small groups.

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Personalized Feedback: Gain direct, constructive feedback from experienced facilitators and peers, helping you to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

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Confidence Building: Through repeated practice and feedback, enhance your confidence to facilitate in various settings and learn to adapt your approach as needed.

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Bonus Action Shots: Get photos of yourself in action facilitating. These images can build credibility on your website and social media, enhance your personal brand, showcase your skills in a professional setting, and attract new clients.
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Meet Your Instructor

Hello, I’m Jan 👋

I’m a recovering shy guy, a people-loving introvert and a deep connector who is passionate about transforming group interactions. Like you, I’ve seen my fair share of cringe-worthy icebreakers that leave participants feeling disengaged and disconnected.

Throughout my career, I’ve come to realize that there is much more to increasing engagement, trust, and connection in groups than simply choosing a random activity to begin your session.

Masterful facilitators recognize that melting the ice requires intentional design, patience, and a commitment to nurturing group engagement over time.

For the last year, I’ve been putting my lessons into my first book, Ice Melters, and sending weekly emails with key insights to a growing community of thousands of facilitators, trainers, and educators.

And now, fueled by the positive response and the success of the initial live cohorts, I am excited about making this training the best resource for anyone who wants to create engaging and inclusive group experiences.

MY WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED ON

JOIN THE NEXT IN-PERSON TRAINING

📍 Toronto, Canada
🗓️ September 18-19, 2024

ONE DAY

The Art of Melting the Ice

🗓️ Sep 18, 2024

  • In-Person Training (Day 1)
  • Digital Course Access
  • Private Community Access
  • Printed Workbook & Resources
  • Early Copy of my Ice Melters Book

$995 USD

plus VAT (if applicable)

Join Day 1

BOTH DAYS

Ice Melting Mastery & Certification

🗓️ Sep 18+19, 2024

  • In-Person Training (Day 1)
  • Digital Course Access
  • Private Community Access
  • Printed Workbook & Resources
  • Early Copy of my Ice Melters Book
  • In-Person Training (Day 2)
  • Hands-on Practice
  • Professional Action Photos
  • Facilitator Certificate

$1795 USD

plus VAT (if applicable)

Join Both Days

Upcoming Training Dates

Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

🗓️ September 18-19, 2024
⏱️ 8 AM – 6 PM

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Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪

🗓️ Winter 2024/25
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Somewhere near you? 🌎

🗓️ Sometime in 2025/26
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Frequently asked questions

👥 Who is this training ideal for?

If you are a facilitatorinstructoreducatorconsultantgroup coachexperience designerteam leader, or manager, this course is for you—it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or already have extensive experience leading groups.

For beginners wondering why their icebreakers aren’t hitting the mark, this training provides foundational knowledge and practical tools to start facilitating with confidence.

Advanced facilitators will gain deeper insights and advanced techniques to enhance their existing skills.

Do you want your group to feel genuinely connectedengaged, and ready to tackle anything together? If you’re nodding yes, let’s embark on this journey together.

🙋 Can you train my entire team?

Yes, I do offer custom trainings (in person and also virtually) for organizations. Start here to review what I offer, or get in touch to learn more.

📆 Can you share more about what each day will look like?

Here is a rough outline of both days (subject to change):

Day 1 Outline

8:30 | Unofficial Start

9:00 | Welcome + Check-in + Intro

10:00 | Fuel for Connection

10:45 | 15-min Break

11:00 | The First Spark

12:30 | Lunch

13:30 | Building the Campfire

15:30 | 30-min Break

16:00 | Nurture the Flames

17:30 | Closing

18:00 | That’s a Wrap!

Day 2 Outline

8:30 | Unofficial Start

9:00 | Welcome + Check-in + Intro

10:00 | Prep your Mini Workshop

10:45 | 15-min Break + Check-in

11:00 | Prep your Mini Workshop

12:30 | Lunch

13:30 | Mini Workshop Showcase

15:15 | 30-min Break

15:45 | Mini Workshop Showcase

17:15 | Closing (+Buffer)

18:00 | That’s a Wrap!

🗺️ Where will the training be? Is the venue accessible?

The venue is in the West End of Toronto, just a 5-minute walk from Lansdowne Station. You’ll get the exact location upon registration.

Accessibility: Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair accessible. However, I am committed to making this training inclusive and accommodating. If you require assistance or have specific accessibility needs, please get in touch with me and we’ll do our best to find a suitable solution to ensure you can participate fully in our training.

📼 How do I access the digital course?

After completing the in-person training, you will get access to the Art of MELTING the Ice Online Course. All of the lessons are hosted on Mighty Networks inside my Deep Connectors Community, which you can access via your browser or their mobile app.

🔐 Do you have a guarantee / offer refunds?

We strive to provide the best training experience possible and understand that plans can change. Our refund policy is designed to be fair and transparent:

  • If you buy a ticket and later realize you can no longer attend the training, you can get a full refund if you let us know at least 30 days before the training begins
  • And a 50% refund if you let us know at least 14 days before the training begins.

Cancellation requests that happen less than 14-days before the training do not qualify for a refund.

If the event needs to be cancelled by us because of unforeseen circumstances, we’ll issue you a full refund.

By registering for our training, you acknowledge and agree to these terms. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact me.

🧾 Will I get a tax invoice for my purchase?

Yes. Once you check out with your credit card you will be sent an invoice for your payment via email automatically.

♻️ Can I get reimbursed for this course by my organization?

Yes. Please get in touch and we’ll send you a template you can use.

👐 Are there any scholarships available?

I am committed to building a diverse community in my workshops and trainings, and I want to make this training more accessible, inviting and inclusive for participants from all backgrounds. It’s important to me that this training is available to anyone who wants to learn, no matter their financial situation.

Preference will be given to anyone in the Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ+, Trans and other marginalized communities.

Please contact me for the application form (coming soon)

🤔 I am not ready to join this time, how else can I learn from you?

If you’re not ready to join the course this time, I highly recommend subscribing to my weekly email about creating engagement, trust and connection in groups (and hold me accountable to finish writing my book about icemelters): https://www.icemeltersbook.com

And then, check out my From Crickets to Connected Mini-Course: Learn how to engage your participants even if they suffer from Zoom Fatigue, get close to 100% of attendees to turn ON their video (without begging) and blow up your chat with “OMG!”, “This was epic!” and other raving testimonials in this Mini Course.

Or, enroll in the Digital Course of The Art of MELTING the Ice you can get immediate access to here.

🙋‍♀️ What if I have another question?

Submit them here to get a personalized video reply within a day or reply to this email

🤷 Still undecided?

The way I see it, you have 3 choices:

  • Keep avoiding icebreakers, icemelters and connection activities altogether, jump straight into the content and miss out on the results and magic it could create with your groups.
  • Continue testing out what works and what doesn’t. If you feel confident in your abilities to facilitate groups – that’s a great choice, and I am sure you’ll do great! Just promise me you’ll join me in making “ice melting” less cringe and awkward.
  • Or join this course and learn how to create the perfect activity every time, how to introduce it so nobody feels excluded and how to make the results of your workshop, training or meeting more successful.

The great news is that at this moment, you get to choose which path you’ll continue. And if it’s the 3rd option, I’d love to have you join me today!

Ready to say goodbye to ineffective icebreakers and hello to sessions filled with genuine connection and engagement? Join “The Art of Melting the Ice” today and start your journey towards becoming a facilitator who makes every session count.

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Do you want your group to feel genuinely connected, engaged, and ready to tackle anything together? Perfect!

Let’s embark on this journey together!

  1. Check out on this page and then add your billing details.
  2. You’ll receive a welcome email with your invitation to our community.
  3. There, you will also find how to access bonuses.
  4. And I’ll make sure to reach out and welcome you officially to the course 🙌🎉
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So, will you join me in mastering the art of meaningful group engagement?

  • Shift the paradigm by redefining icebreakers and craft sessions where ice melts naturally and unnoticed.
  • Create a space where no one feels left out, especially the quiet, shy, and introverted folks.
  • Nurture an environment of psychological bravery, empowering each member to share ideas, collaborate, and engage openly

Join our community of forward-thinking facilitators.

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