Breaking the Ice

football stadium with Everton and Liverpool players on the pitch

Working with a keen group of US-based interns this week, I was asked a surprising question.

‘Are you Red or Blue?’

I get asked this question frequently by people in the UK, but it was the first time from a US audience.

It’s a football (soccer) thing. When you’re from Liverpool like me, you’re born Blue (Everton) or Red (Liverpool). I’m Blue.

Football’s one of my favourite ice breakers. Make sure you have plenty of alternatives, depending on who you’re working with. Find some common ground and strike up a conversation. Break the ice to make your conversations run even more smoothly.

It’s not all about work, all the time, is it?

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By Paul Tran

Paul Tran helps people think and do things differently through training, facilitation, coaching writing and music. He enjoys spending time in nature, on beaches and mountains.