The Art of “MELTING” the Ice – Join the Course

Original price was: USD$ 347,00.Current price is: USD$ 297,00.

Plus 19% VAT

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

🚨 Pre-register now, to get Early Access when the Course launches in June 2024 and save $50

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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 bare mention of “icebreakers” often triggers a wave of discomfort rather than excitement within 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 🔥

Similar to building a campfire this gentle, gradual process allows for a natural thawing of barriers, fostering a warm, welcoming environment that encourages participation and connection.

Transforming the energy of a group session from awkward to engaging hinges on one crucial skill: mastering the ‘Art of MELTING the ice’. This skill goes far beyond just choosing the right activities; it’s about cultivating an environment where every participant feels valued, engaged, and ready to contribute from the very start.

In this course, you will discover tangible and practical strategies to initiate group interactions, minimize awkwardness, and promote an open environment. As a result, the next time you conduct a workshop, training, or meeting, instead of encountering sighs and eye rolls, you will witness curiosity and genuine interest.

The energy in the room will transform from apprehension to active engagement.

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

Here is what we’ll cover in the course


Find out why the top icebreaker activities fail and what impact it has on the groups you lead.


Let’s dive into the practical aspects of setting up your session for successful engagement.


Learn strategies for making participants comfortable and open to engagement right away.


Get practical tips for choosing and designing activities that align with the session’s goals and participant needs.


Learn how to maintain engagement and momentum within a session and deal with any surprises.

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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, “Icemelters,” and sending weekly emails with key insights to a growing community of nearly 1000 facilitators, trainers, and educators.

And now, fueled by the positive response and the success of the initial live cohorts, I am excited about turning this course into the best resource out there.


Join me to master 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.

Pre-Order for Early Access

What You Will Get

This meaningful, self-guided experience is scheduled to be completed in May 2024. Here is everything that is included:

  1. Self-paced learning with short videos: Access the lessons anywhere (it doesn’t matter what timezone) and on your own time
  2. Printable Workbook: Print and review takeaways and cheatsheets to prepare your next training workshop or meeting in person or online
  3. Live group coaching calls: Your chance to ask questions, experience activities, and connect with other facilitators.
  4. Private community: Continue to grow and learn with others, share advice and comments directly next to the lessons.
  5. Limited Access for 90 days: That way, you’ll actually complete it because we’ve all signed up for online courses and never finished them, right? So if you complete the content within 90 days, you’ll keep access afterwards.

If you pre-register before the official launch, you’ll also get these Bonuses


Lifetime access: Instead of 90 days, you won’t lose access to any of the content of the self-guided course.


Virtual Facilitation Guidebook: This is a 60-page summary of all the tips, strategies, and templates from my Virtual Facilitator Training – which is not available anywhere else.


From Crickets to Connected Mini-Course: Have you ever asked a question and then just get … crickets ??? 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.


Private Community: I have set up a private community – where you can share feedback, get early access to lessons and videos, and help me shape and co-create the content.


Digital Copy of my Book: You'll receive a digital copy of my upcoming book "Ice Melters - Ditch traditional Ice Breakers and increase engagement, build trust and foster deep connections - without making people cringe"
Pre-register and get immediate access to some of these bonuses

Your Investment

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Frequently asked questions

👥 Who is this course ideal for?

This workshop is designed for empathetic leaders and changemakers who guide groups and nurture team spirit.

If you are a facilitatorinstructoreducatorconsultantgroup coachexperience designerteam leader, or manager, this course is for you!

It’s beneficial for those early in their careers or wondering why their icebreakers aren’t hitting the mark.

So, Jan, 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.

💬 What if I have questions after watching the recordings?

We have a private group in my Deep Connectors Community (hosted on Mighty Networks) where you can ask questions and comment on each other’s posts. And I am also active in there, making sure to support you with our challenges.

💻 When will the full self-guided course be available?

I don’t have a specific launch date in mind yet, but after the current live cohort is done, I will use the lessons and learnings to improve the course outline and record the shorter video lessons. So, currently, I am aiming for the full course to be done in May 2024. In the meantime, I will be releasing content as it’s getting produced, so you can expect the first lessons to be live in April.

📼 How do I access the lessons, videos and resources?

All of the lessons and conversations will be 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?

I offer a full refund for 14 days after you sign up. After that, there are no refunds.

If you pre-register before the course content is live, the refund period is extended until May 30, 2024.

🧾 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.

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🤔 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):

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.

🙋‍♀️ What if I have another question?

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

🙌 I'm in! How do I sign up?

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 🙌🎉

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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