I don’t know about you but I’ve participated in a lot of so-called “ice breakers” over the years. You know…short fun little no-brainer type exercises to help people (usually strangers in a group setting) get comfortable with each other.
I was at kick-off meeting for the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life where they shared this “ice breaker”: The Personality Dessert Test. Out of the 15 or so people there I only knew 3-4 so this was a fun way to get the meeting started. Plus when you help “break the ice” like this, all of a sudden your meeting takes on a very productive energy. At least that’s what ours did.
So read…enjoy…and please don’t salivate on my blog. 🙂
Icebreaker – 10 min
List on a flip chart the following desserts, leaving a space between each for the group to write their name next to the dessert they choose.
Say to the group:
If all of the desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which one would you choose? Pick your dessert, and then we’ll go around the room and I’ll share with you just what psychiatrists think about you!
You can only pick one…so, please, think carefully!
- Angel Food Cake
- Lemon Meringue Pie
- Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing
- Strawberry Short Cake
- Chocolate Icing on Chocolate Cake
- Ice Cream
- Carrot Cake
OK – Now that you’ve made your choice, this is what psychiatric research says about you: (and then just look at each person with thoughtful eyes and read the appropriate description below…trying to keep a straight face helps)
ANGEL FOOD CAKE
Sweet, loving and cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items, a little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times.
You are adventurous, love new ideas, and are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.
LEMON MERINGUE PIE
Smooth, sexy, and articulate with your hands, you are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don’t try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, but you have many good friends.
VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING
Fun loving, sassy, humorous. Not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you. You are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.
Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people and can be counted on in a pinch! You have many friends who love to be around you. You also tend to melt. You can be overly emotional at times. Your sense of loyalty and devotion are paramount.
CHOCOLATE ICING ON CHOCOLATE CAKE
Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very adventurous, ambitious and passionate. You can appear to have cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.
You like sports, whether it is baseball, football basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don’t like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.
You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends.
Oh by the way… I’m Strawberry Shortcake! When the 3-4 people who were there, that know me, saw that they said “oh that’s creepy how accurate that was.” Thanks, I think! 🙂
So…what dessert are you?
As a cancer survivor, myself, I encourage you to click on this link Relay For Life and plug in your zip code to find an American Cancer Society Relay For Life event in your area. Please volunteer in any way that you can because when you do, I guarantee you will change some people’s lives…including your own. Thank You!
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