Words of the Week – break the ice
Break the ice (image: sbcreate11)
Used when discussing introductions, break the ice means to overcome the initial awkwardness of meeting someone new by establishing rapport. People in a state of rapport communicate better because they understand each other faster, allowing the conversation to flow more freely.
During interviewing season, Recruiters might use sports to break the ice before beginning the interview. Click here for my article on Recruiting and Sports.