4 Icebreakers to Start Any Type of Meeting
Updated: May 17, 2021
Icebreakers are fun and they give you an opportunity to learn about your coworkers and develop relationships. Games help people relax and show a different side. Strong relationships allow people to trust each other, share ideas and give honest feedback.
Ice breakers are a great way to kick off a weekly meeting, quarterly catch up or when introducing a new hire to the team. Here are 4 Ice Breakers for any meeting:
High Energy- Have everyone stand in a circle. Tell them the first category. Starting with the first person in line, players must name something that falls into that category within 5 seconds. If they can’t think of something or they name something that’s already been named, they are out and go sit down. Play until there is 1 person standing! Category examples: Comedy movies, Chain restaurants, Children book titles, Rappers, Male names that start with C, Things that are green, Things found in a kitchen
Mindfulness- Have everyone close their eyes. Set a timer for 2 minutes of reflective meditation in silence. Then go around and have everyone say a personal goal for the week whether it’s personal or work-related.
Meet Someone New- Everyone walking in will take a notecard with a color on it. Ask everyone to find someone with their same color and meet them. They will have about 5 minutes to talk and answer the questions on the screen.
If you could have lunch with any famous person, who would it be?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
What is one positive thing that happened today?
What plans do you have for the weekend?
Describe your perfect day.
Rejuvenate Positivity- Put everyone’s name in a hat. Have each person draw a name. Give them 5 minutes to write a note to the person they drew. They could include thanks for something they did at work, let them know what value they bring to the team, something they admire about them, anything! Then, go in a circle and read them out loud (or if time is short, have them just swap letters and read their own before continuing on.)
Ice breakers don’t need to be forced fun. Explain why you are doing them and let a different person run them each meeting. Start every meeting off with relationship building and watch your teams get stronger!