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Fun Conference Ice Breaker for Large Groups
I came across this conference ice breaker yesterday quite by accident. It's a bit slow in getting going but stick with it and the group looks they are having a lot of fun!
Got a Christmas conference this week or next. Looking for a last minute idea to have a bit of festive fun with your audience? Look no further we have the perfect sit in your seat Christmas conference ice breaker. It's so easy - we don't know why we didn't think of it before!
If your delegates are seated in rows its tricky to do an ice breaker or some kind of break out session to get people involved, keep them engaged and stop then falling asleep.
So what about the traditional Christmas party game of "Pass the Parcel"?
In advance you will need to make up loads of pretty, wrapped and exciting looking parcels with lots of layers.
When the music starts (yes you will need piped music of some sort) feed the presents in at the start of row A and get them to pass along the row. When they get to the end they pass it onto the person behind them on the next row and they pass it down their row and so on until it reaches the end of the rows. When the parcel gets to the end of all the rows have some one on hand to take it back to the start of row A and feed it in again.
At random times begin to feed more parcels in at the start so you might have 20 parcels being passed around the rows at a time. Of course the exciting bit is when the music stops and the lucky people holding the parcel get take off a layer. At this point it could be a layer of wrapping or it could include some small gift, a corporate message or a daft item to wear eg. paper hat, plastic glasses etc. Be careful not to make this too ridiculous or to set out to embarrass people - the spirit of Christmas should always be kept in mind.
The most exciting bit is when the final layer is taken off the present and the person who does that gets to keep the present.
As there are lots of parcels on the way round and with different number of layers - keep going until the last present is opened. This could be an extra special parcel - the last parcel to be opened with more layers of wrapping than the others could be the best!
Good luck - you are sure to have fun with this festive Christmas conference game
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An interesting way to start a leadership program with delegates who don't know each other would be to run an ice breaker game to help people get to know each other quickly and spark a few discussions. Try to find an ice breaker that has a leadership theme as a lead-in to the topic of the day. The following leadership ice breaker idea would serve to generate enthusiasm and opinions about the topic:
You will need to prepare beforehand a set of speeches from world class leaders. This can be easily done on the internet. You will need a speech and the name of the famous leader.
When your group have assembled give each one a few lines of the speech and another the name of the leader. Ask people to mingle and find the person with whom the speech matches. Once they have paired up famous leader and famous speech they should spend a few minutes sharing a bit about themselves to each other and their thoughts on this particular leader.
When everyone has paired up ask the group to come back together and then ask pairs to introduce each other. Ask them to read out a few lines of the speech and see if anyone else can guess who the leader is. Once the leader is identifed by the rest of the group the pair can then share a few thoughts on the leadership style of the leader. Carry on around the circle.
- This exercise can be quite difficult unless well know leaders and speeches are picked.
- The ice breaker can be quite lengthy with discussions of various leaders. With this in mind it's a great lead-in to leadership styles. However if this is not required at this moment in time you can omit this stage or keep it brief.
Martin Luther King"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."Queen Elizabeth I"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; butI have the heart and stomach of a king"George Washington"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."Charles de Gaulle"The flame of French resistance must not and shall not die"John F Kennedy"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country"Nelson Mandela"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is aAn ideal for which I am prepared to die"Ronald Reagan"Mr Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall"Barack Obama"America is a place where all things are possible"
As we speak my colleagues are in a forest with a group tackling a team building event very much influenced by "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!". Just in case you've never heard of the reality TV programme it was first produced here in the UK by Granada television and has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon.
Well our version is slightly different: "I'm a Team Player get Me Out of Here!" And we don't have jungle but we do have forests. So our version is set within a forest and has bushcraft challenges as well as creepy crawly activities with snakes, spiders, birds etc. Strikes me that the creepy crawly bit could be an outrageous party, group or conference icebreaker in itself. Imagine coming into a large room and having some of your worst nightmares confronted right in front of you!
Themes could be:
- Confronting your fears
- Managing danger!
- Overcoming obstacles
- Trying something new!
- Facing up to things
- Tackling new challenges
I'm kind of half joking here! But what do you think??? Tons of great ice breaker games and ideas for parties, conferences, team building training etc on our ice breaker ideas web-site