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Ice Breaker Games

ice breaker gamesMany team building programs start by asking people to introduce themselves. This helps people to relax and to get to know each other quickly and many more meetings, group sessions, training programs and social functions would be much more engaging and enjoyable for the participant if they too were able to experience the magic of a simple ice breaker at the beginning of an event.
 
Rather than simply ask people to introduce themselves (and some leaders even miss out this stage leaving participants to uncomfortably make connections with others on their own) add a little more fun to proceedings .... tell people you want them to try and find out a bit more about each other in a light-hearted and fun way. Ask people to introduce themselves and then add any of the following:
  • the place where they were born
  • their favourite holiday destination
  • if you had a $million what would you spend it on?
  • favourite food
  • hobby

And a bit more daring you could ask people to describe:

  • their favourite joke
  • if they were an animal what would it be?

These simple techniques bring a bit of fun to the group and allow people to get to know others in a non-threatening way. They give people some basic and interesting information about others in the group, making it easier to make connections and talk together.

It's easy to make up your own ice breakers too! But for tons of ice breaker ideas for your next meeting, training program, social activity or party check-out our ice breaker ideas web-site for instantly downloadable ice breaker games.

Ice Breaker Games

Everybody can use ice breaker games!

Christmas FunGames can become a way of life! Once you play ice breaker games with your groups and see them work their magic - they'll be with you forever and will be an indispensible tool to call upon for all occasions. It's so useful to be able to play these games, not just for work situations in meetings and for training programs, helping people relax and get to know each other quickly, but in social situations, for parties, youth groups, committee meetings etc.

Who learns how to use and gain the benefits from an ice breaker game? Everyone - business groups, spots clubs, business leaders, conference organisers,college groups, school teachers, guide and scout leaders, social and youth workers, party organisers, church group leaders, families, vouluntary groups etc. etc. The list is endless...

Planning your Christmas party for home, office or club? Then you should think about including an ice breaker game or two. Check-out our ice breaker ideas web-site for tons of fabulous ideas to make your Christmas festivities a time to remember

 

Benefits of Icebreakers

ice breaker gamesWhy do I love ice breaker games?

  • Because they can transform a rather average or dull meeting into something rather special.
  • Carefully crafted, an ice breaker can be a brilliant lead in to the main topic of the day
  • People learn better when they're having fun, and an ice breaker should be FUN!
  • Ice breakers introduce people to one another in a fun and informal way
  • Ice breakers relax people and help them to get to know each other far more quickly than without
  • An ice breaker at the beginning of a meeting or conference means people are participating and joining in, they become more engaged than if merely listening
  • And once engaged, your participants will be more receptive to your main message of the day
  • Once you start using ice breakers you'll never look back - people will look forward to your next meeting or session with anticipation

Never run a boring meeting or training session again. Set your social functions ablaze and have your audience eating out of your hand. We show you how. Go to our ice breaker ideas web-site for tons of fantastic ice breaker ideas to really set your events on fire!


Ice Breaker Idea

 "Who would you do anything to meet?"
   

This interesting ice breaker idea was in the Daily East News, and written by a journalist called Doug Graham - I'm not advocating that you go ahead with the stalking bit but it would make an interesting ice breaker idea!

Inspired by a story about a young Rod Blagojevich, I believe I may have created an icebreaker that will reveal more about your friends than a rousing game of "never have I ever" ever could.

The story goes that the recently graduated Blagojevich, decades away from devastating the state of Illinois with his shady dealings, took a trip with a friend to New York City to see the sights.

Blago, ever the determined young man, decided that the trip would only be complete if he seized the opportunity and hassled one of his personal heroes for an autograph.

The personal hero who Blago sought to meet was none other than Richard M. Nixon.

No matter how deliciously ironic it is that a man destined to be an impeached governor would seek the autograph of an impeached President, that is not what interests me most-it is the method that Blagojevich used to procure the autograph.

He enlisted the help of a friend and at 4:30 a.m. he went to Nixon's apartment and stood outside of it until the former President came out.

This behavior is creepy and borderline illegal, and while I am usually in favor of scumbags inconveniencing scumbags, Blago's autograph stalking seemed at first to be too bizarre to ever consider doing.
After much reflection, I've begun to see Blagojevich's logic.

After all, he got what he wanted-an autograph given to him by his hero with photo evidence to prove it. All he had to spend was a few hours of loitering and a few friendship points with his buddy he asked to take the picture.

With this story in mind, the game is this: "Who would you autograph stalk?"

Players of the game must choose a person who they like enough to want to meet, but whose privacy they don't respect enough to leave alone.

I'll go first.

I'd autograph stalk Zinadine Zedan - brilliantly ingeneous French footballer and international hero until he head-butted Marco Materazzi in the most talked about incident of the 2006  World Cup, ending in a red card which marred his glorious career. Having seen this incident on TV and incredulously gob-smacked for several minutes - I would want to know why!!

 So "Who would you autograph stalk and why?"

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Training Closers

Training ClosersI attended a very good training program last week. The program ended with a little closer that was so simple but so effective. Seated in a circle all participants were given a few post-it notes and asked to write down:

  1.           1.Their most memorable moment
  2.           2.The main learning point they will take away

In turn the participants were asked to come forward and place their 2 post-it notes on the 2 flipcharts which were headed with the above statements whilst explaining their choices.

Everyone listened intently for funny and meaningful moments on the program; some were moved to tears with some of the insights and thoughtfulness of others. It was a nice way to say thank you publicly to some people and above all it was a very simple exercise that worked very well.

At the end of the closer the tutors had a record of all that was said, ready to take away and record if necessary.

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Halloween Ideas

This time of year we have brilliant fun creating wicked Halloween treasure hunts and spooky night walks. We try to scare the pants off our clients.

And our icebreaker games are hot!hot!hot too!

Check out our fantastic halloween ideas and download for free our "5 Best Halloween games and icebreakers pdf" to include a couple of hot icebreakers, scarecrow competition and "Halloween Howler" treasure hunt. We use them for our clients but you can use them for Halloween parties, kids, youth groups, training, corporate events and team building.

Never be without icebreaker games to make your events sizzle!

Icebreakers

Ball toss ice breakerJust got back from doing an experiential leadership program at the local university. I really enjoyed it and it was great to be on the other side of the fence - the receiving end for a change.

 To kick-start the program we did an icebreaker outside. It was a version of our "Ball Toss" icebreaker... Everyone stood in a circle and the leader holding a ball, introduced herself. As she threw the ball to someone she asked for their name and on catching it they replied "thanks .....(name) " and then asked someone else for their name and on it went until everyone had been introduced.

After a full round of introductions we were asked to do it again exactly as we had done before - no prompts this time. As we were going around the circle the leader introduced ball after ball, cuddly toys etc. All you had to do was concentrate on the person who was throwing to you but soon it was chaos and nobody did anything about it. This was the first lesson ....to take responsibility!

The icebreaker worked - everyone had fun and suddenly the tension had disappeared.

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Large Group Ice Breakers

I've just been asked about an icebreaker for a large group of  100 people and I would definitely recommend Human Bingo if you haven’t done it already.

With a group of 100 it is going to be difficult for all to introduce themselves without taking a long time so it might be better to focus on each new person getting to know a group of people. So just cut the bingo down to getting say 12 or 15 signatures

Limericks is also good for a large group but you may want to make it easier by numbering the lines so people at least know which line they have – see page 14 of the incredible ice breaker games and ideas corporate collection.

 Also try a more sedate version of “Changing Places” – have everyone stand in a circle on an A4 sheet of paper with one person (yourself) in the centre. The central person says something true about themselves like “I like to dance” or “I love music” or anything. Everyone that is in agreement with this comment must change places and find another place to stand. The person left without a place (because the central person has taken a place) takes the centre and the game starts again. Great for getting to know a bit more about people's like and interests. 

For large groups seated around tables

If groups are to be seated around tables what about gathering a few everyday objects and putting them into a soft drawstring bag- one for each table – each table has to guess the contents by feeling them without opening the bag. Give them about 5 minutes and get them to record their answers and then ask them to pass the bag to the next table. At the end of the rounds read out the correct answers – the table with the most correct answers is the winner. N.B. you may not have time for each table to do more than 1 or 2 bags in which case each bag or half the bags could have the same content.

Guess the Candy! 

Collect a few unusual shaped chocolate bars and/or candy - one for each person in the room. Put them into soft drawstring bags and place on the table. Each team must guess the type of candy, chocolate bar from the feel – get them to open the bag and see if they are right – each person then keeps the chocolate bar/candy!

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Christian Ice Breakers

It never ceases to amaze me the numerous uses of ice breaker games.

Just lately, I have been corresponding with a lady who is part of a ministry team and she has been using our collection of ice breaker games for monthly church meetings and functions. The Christian ladies bring guests to their functions and "ice breakers are a great fun way to get acquainted and make everyone feel comfortable and welcomed."  They particularly like the quick and easy ice breakers and have gradually worked their way through the books.

As I am always on the look out for great ice breakers I pass them on when I hear of a good one - so send me your suggestions and I will pass them on to the good folks at the ministry!

In the meantime if you would like to make your groups feel comfortable and welcomed please visit our web-site ice-breaker-ideas.com for great ice breaking games and ideas to instantly download.

High School Ice Breakers

High School Ice BreakersTeachers, does going back to school fill you with joy or dread? A new set of pupils, colleagues, head and a new set of curriculum, forms and administration?

I'm not a teacher but it must be really difficult having had a long period of time off over the summer months and then face a new school year. We always think about the trials of pupils but what about the teachers?

I'm all for having fun wherever I work or study - it makes learning so much easier. I love the experiential nature of our team building games and events and the ice breakers we employ at the start. So it doesn't surprise me that many teachers employ a good ice breaker session during their Induction Week. Pupils can have fun reconnecting and new pupils will really enjoy getting to know the others through a simple ice breaker game.

At the residential youth centre I worked in, we used to run a whole evening of youth group icebreakers with every new residential group. A couple of hours of ice breaker games really helped the kids to relax and get to know each other quickly. They set the tone for the whole week and they set the tone for your high school year.

Try some for yourself this Induction Week and you'll see the remarkable effect they can have on your students. We have lots of tried and tested, fantastic ice breaker ideas games and ideas on our web-site ice-breaker-ideas.com