Want to know more about creating quick, fun ice breakers for training sessions, team building sessions, and regular meetings? I am a proponent of ice breakers that reinforce the content and goal accomplishment of a team building or training session.
At the same time, there is a place for a fun ice breaker whose only purpose is to help session attendees know and appreciate each other. Here is an ice breaker that requires some time in preparation, but is quick and fun to carry out at your meeting.
An Ice Breaker That Helps People Meet and Greet
At company or department meetings, to help attendees get to know coworkers outside of their immediate work group, this ice breaker, or any variation, works well.
Sweet Greet Meeting Icebreaker
In advance of the meeting, purchase candy bars for each attendee. Buy the number of varieties necessary for dividing attendees across the desired number of groups or tables. As an example, if you want five employees in each small group, purchase five Snickers bars, five Baby Ruth candy bars, and so forth. Place all of the candy bars in a bag and ask employees to draw a candy bar as they enter the meeting.
You have also either labeled the tables with the candy bar name or placed an additional candy bar on the table in advance so employees know where to sit. Instruct attendees that they are to sit with the people who drew the same candy bar. (Warn employees not to eat the candy bar on the table or people will not know how to find their group - trust me, it happens before you know it.)
Because this is such a fun approach to helping employees get to know each other, you can simply ask people to introduce themselves at their assigned table. If you want to be more elaborate, you can develop a series of questions for people to answer.
Sample questions or discussion points to use might include:
- Describe how and when you came to work at this company.
- Share your biggest current challenge you are experiencing at work.
- Share two things about yourself that you think no one at the table may know.
- Describe a positive customer interaction you have experienced.
- Tell your coworkers something you appreciate about your company.
- Tell your coworkers what you appreciate about your coworkers.
- Share what you like about your current job.
You can diversify your approach to this ice breaker with fruit, cookies, or other items people like. But, candy works best, for all but the die hard healthy eaters. Trust me.
And again, you can simply ask people to introduce themselves at their assigned table. Or, if you want to be more formal, you can develop a series of questions for people to answer such as those listed above. Keep in mind that with this approach to a meeting icebreaker, people will want to eat hot food, so less formal discussion is better until after the meal.
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