How can you avoid having dull conversations over the holidays? 

With the holidays around the corner, this means that you will be spending a lot of time with family and friends. This means a lot of dinners and get togethers with lots of people – some you may see often and others not so much. What would you say is one of the biggest challenges that we all face at these get togethers? Topic of conversation of course!

Let’s be honest, there is only so much weather-talk one person can handle and small chit-chat like, “How’s work?” “How are the kids?”, you can do.

You’re in luck – One of our favourite training exercises also makes for a fun game that you can play with your family and friends over the holidays!  This game will not only help you get the conversation flowing, it will also create lots of laughs and some good memories.

So avoid getting trapped into a conversation with Cousin Sue talking about her eight cats or with Uncle Ed going on a rant about the US election. This is a family-friendly fun game, and one that everyone will enjoy.


The soccer ball Icebreaker game (Holiday version) –


Step 1: get a soccer ball (new, old doesn’t matter) and a sharpie – if you are feeling creative get a couple of different colours

Step 2: write out a list of conversation topics ***keep them appropriate, nothing you can’t say in front of your mother!

Step 3: write your questions on the blocks on the soccer ball

How to play the game –

The person who last had their birthday starts with the ball. That person then says someone’s name and tosses them the ball. Whatever question is under their left thumb, is the question they get to read aloud and answer. (At this point you can toss the ball again for take the time for many people to respond to the same question…don’t be surprised if it sparks many robust discussions!)

To help you get started, here is a list of questions you might ask:

  • Place you want to visit
  • Best pizza in town
  • Language you wish you could speak
  • Worst gift you ever received (or given)
  • Cat or Dog
  • Sing your favourite song
  • Favourite movie
  • Most annoying habit
  • Best (or worst) holiday memory
  • Tell a joke
  • 3 things you would take on a deserted island
  • Sing the alphabet backwards
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