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Do you bring people together for a reason? Bringing people together and making the reason you bring people together a great success, cannot be left to chance. No matter what your event, whether it be for a party, reunion, corporate function, youth group, sports group or business meeting, using a well chosen ice breaker game can relax people and really get them on your side. So then making the rest of the meeting or event a much easier proposition to handle. When people are enjoying themselves and having fun they are much more amenable!
On Thursday, I am attending a programme for business leaders at my local university. It's a first meeting for 30 people who don't know each other and lo and behold we've been asked to bring something for an ice breaker we're going to do - Show and Tell - one of my favourites. It's so simple and easy;
Show and Tell
Bring an item that represents you and your business and then tell everyone else by way of introduction why the item is so significant
Be ready to be amazed! It's so quick and easy and will introduce people to one another in a fun way whilst breaking down barriers quickly
What's a good ice breaker I'm always being asked?
First we find out who the ice breaker is for; is it a corporate ice breaker or for a work group? Or is it for a party, youth group or family reunion? Is it for a group who do not know each other at all or a group that know each other a bit?
This is useful to know as you can take more risks with with a group that know each other and even more with groups that know each other well. Play safe with groups that don't know each other at all. An ice breaker is meant to help people relax and get to know each other and should never make people feel uncomfortable.
Once we know about the group we then look at what we're trying to achieve with the ice breaker. You might be looking for quick and easy fun introductions or something related to the topic of the day or something that will not forget!
You will find after a few goes of using ice breakers that they will become second nature and you will soon develop favourites. Particularly ice breakers are ones that can be used for many different types of groups.
A word of warning though; you should never trial your ice breakers on a group without carefully thinking them through. Better still, try them out on your family and friends first!
A good ice breaker therefore, carefully matches your target group, is non-threatening and allows people to have fun together.
A good ice breaker that we use a lot with corporate groups is "Speed Dating" - arrange 2 long row of chairs according to the number of people attending. Have them facing each other so people can sit face to face and get everyone to sit down. Announce that you have a minute each to introduce yourselves. Blow a whistle after each minute and then after each couple have introduced themselves, instruct all participants to move to the seat to the right. Each person will get a new partner to talk to. Carry for as long as you have time or until all introductions have been made.
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Don't have just an ordinary event - make it memorable with ice breaker games.!