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Meet and Greet Meeting Ice Breaker for Lunch

Team Building Ice Breaker


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Here's a fun ice breaker that warms up a group and enables participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. I usually recommend ice breakers that bring participants into discussion about the content of a training or team building session.

But, there is a place for a fun lunch meeting ice breaker whose only purpose is to help session attendees know and appreciate each other. Here is a lunch or dinner meeting ice breaker that requires some time in preparation, but is quick and fun to carry out at your meeting. You can develop fun meeting ice breakers that help people meet and greet, too.

Pick Up a Plate Lunch Meeting Icebreaker

This is an easy-to-lead, fun lunch meeting icebreaker. Like the Candy Sort Lunch Meeting Icebreaker, this icebreaker takes some preparation in advance, but not a lot of time during the meeting. This lunch meeting ice breaker is best used when employees are gathering to share a meal.

Whether it's your celebrate safety pizza luncheon or an employee recognition banquet, a hot dog summer motivational lunch or a celebrate Thanksgiving luncheon, your eating and greeting opportunities have something in common - plates.

They likely have a second commonality, too. Employees who know each other best tend to sit with each other. This makes the shared meal a lost opportunity to encourage team building and employees getting to know each other.

You can change this by taping a number or a letter to the bottom of each plate. You'll need to decide how many employees will attend. You'll need to decide, in advance, how many coworkers will sit at each table. Then make enough stickers to label every plate with a table number.

Finally, because employees tend to arrive at luncheons with their friends, you'll want to mix the plates up so numbers or letters are not stacked together, but rather randomly, to facilitate coworkers meeting.

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 below. 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.

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.

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