To encourage newcomers and 'oldtimers' to make new acquaintances and get them to mix with other participants.
Designate (in advance & secretly) someone as Mr.or Mrs. Mystery person. Prior to and during first few sessions, promote the exercise by publicizing, "shake hands with the Mystery Person, he/she will give you $1."This exercise can be both fun & rewarding.
1. Why are reluctant to meet new people? (Each new encounter is a challenge to 'sell' ourselves and learn about others)
2. What was the impact of a possible cash incentive on your behavior? (met more people; talk with them only superficially)
3. What are some useful conversation-openers that can help us overcome our reticence?
APPROXIMATE TIME REQUIRED
Games Trainers Play, John W. Newstrom & Edward E.Scannell, McGraw-Hill.