Ice breakers can be a great way to kick off any meeting, conference or training session. If done well, they can be a fantastic way of helping people connect and break down any barriers.
Here are some top tips for helping to break the ice at your next meeting:
Choose the outcome
What is the purpose of the ice breaker? For people to get to know each other? The start of a collaboration for a new project? Or just to energise a team for the day ahead? Figure out what you want to achieve and decide what type of ice breaker would be most suitable.
Keep it simple
The simpler the activity, the better. Don’t overcomplicate things.
Remember to bring any props or equipment that your delegates may need to take part in the ice breaker.
Don’t take too long
Keep them short. Ice-breakers should ideally be no longer than 10 or 15 minutes and will depend on how long your overall session lasts.
The term ‘ice breaker’ can fill some people with dread. Always make sure ice breakers are fun and non-threatening.
Need some inspiration? Here’s a few of our favourites…
True or False
Ask everyone to share 3 interesting facts about themselves with the group, but make one of them false. Can everyone guess which the false ones were?
Everyone must design a flag that best represents them; drawing objects and symbols to help bring their personality to life.
Each person is given a sheet of paper with a list of instructions and conversation starters. Each person must then go around the group to find out facts, such as the following:
- The number of brown eyed boys in the room
- Who has made the longest journey?
- Who has the most unusual hobby?