Icebreakers are without a doubt one of the best ways to kick
off a meeting or conference. Not only do they help attendees get to know one
another, they’re also fun and a good way to get people relaxed and ready for
the important stuff.
Let’s have a look at five of the best icebreakers you can
use to shake up your next meeting!
1. Two Truths and a Lie
This is a great one for getting to know one another and have
a bit of fun. Depending on the size of your meeting, divide delegates into
groups of around five to ten people, and—you guessed it—get them to write down
two things about themselves that are true, along with one lie.
The group can then ask questions of one another to try to
deduce which are the truths and which is the lie. At the end, everyone can vote
for which they thought each statement was, and the delegate can then reveal the
truths and lie.
2. Did You See It?
We think this one would work well in a team-meeting
environment. Every day, employees will walk into their office and take in
little or nothing of their immediate surroundings! They pass the same things
every day, taking the same route to their desk which will more than likely look
exactly the same.
To see how much attention your team pay to their
surroundings, write up some questions such as “Who was working on reception
today? What were they wearing?” Most people will find these sorts of questions
surprisingly hard, and will no doubt lead to a lot of red-faces and giggles!
3. Your Worst Job
A terrible job; we’ve all had at least one at some point in
our lives! Best for small to medium sized meetings, ask each attendee what
their worst job was. As each person tells the tale of their woeful employment
experiences, they can compete to see who really had it worst!
Not only will employees get to have a laugh at one another’s
expense, they’ll (hopefully!) be reminded of how glad they are to be working in
their current job.
Not the game that might first have popped into your head,
this version of skittles will take a little bit of preparation. This is a good
way to encourage attendees to get to know one another, and it involves six
questions and a bowl full of skittles!
Write down a question that correlates to the colour of each
respective sweet, for example, orange could be your favourite book or movie, green
could be your favourite work party and yellow could be your favourite thing to
do during the workday to keep yourself motivated. Each attendee can choose a
colour at random and then pass the bowl around until everyone has had a chance
to answer a few questions; a sure-fire way to get the meeting started on a
positive note whilst getting to know each other a little better.
5. Speed Dating
Perfect for large meetings or conferences, this is speed-dating
without the… dating. We all know how speed-dating works; one group of people
move around the room in a linear fashion whilst the other group remain seated
where they are. One member from each group can spend a set amount of time (2-5
minutes) asking one another questions and just having a general chat where they
get to know each other.
Use this icebreaker to get everyone comfortable with each
other in a quick and efficient way that can also be very fun, with even the
shyest of attendees being encouraged to have an informal chat with a new person
for a short time.
Have you ever used any of these meeting icebreakers? Or have you any others that you'd like to share? Let us know what you like to do to start off your meetings and conferences on a positive note!