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Best Ice Breakers for Meetings and Training Classes

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Ice breakers, energizers, and activities heighten the effectiveness of training sessions when targeted to the training, speaking, or facilitation topic and the needs of the learners or participants. Ice breakers are also useful to start out meetings and encourage interpersonal communication.

1. How to Develop an Ice Breaker

Coworkers form team.
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Tired of spending time searching for an ice breaker through books and online and then, spending even more time to redesign the ice breaker for your needs? It’s difficult to find the perfect ice breaker, that reinforces the topic of your training, to use with your group, in your setting.

You can easily develop an ice breaker that will warm up the conversation in your training class, reinforce the topic of the training session, and ensure that participants enjoy the training.

2. Speed Meeting Ice Breaker

Speed meeting icebreaker.
Copyright Constantin Kammerer
Have you ever heard of speed dating? It's an opportunity for people to quickly meet a large number of people to potentially date. This speed meeting icebreaker provides a similar experience for participants at a training meeting or team building session.

3. Meet and Greet Meeting Ice Breakers

Handshake Greeting
Copyright Constantin Kammerer

Want to know more about creating quick, fun ice breakers for meetings? I am a proponent of ice breakers that reinforce the content and goal accomplishment of a team building or training session.

There is a place, however, for a fun ice breaker whose only purpose is to help session attendees know each other. Here are ice breakers that take time to prep, but are quick to do at the meeting.

4. A Meet and Greet Meeting Ice Breaker for Lunch

Team building lunch.
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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.

5. My Favorite Ice Breaker

Warm Up Ice Breaker
Copyright Lisa Gagne
I've used this successful ice breaker for so many years that I don't remember where it originated. This ice breaker or warm up activity is fast, easy, and fun. Try out this always successful, laughter-generating, simple ice breaker.

6. The Five of Anything Ice Breaker

Copyright Lise Gagne
Looking for a winning team building ice breaker that you can use for meetings, training classes, team building sessions, and company events and activities? My five of anything ice breaker makes group cohesiveness and cooperation a natural extension of the discussion when you use this team building ice breaker.

7. Your Favorites - An Ice Breaker

Five of anything meeting ice breaker.
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From trees to dogs to vacation spots, people have favorites. The purpose of this ice breaker is to quickly warm up the group with fun and laughter. The ice breaker is a winner because it makes everyone right. Every employee has favorites and the topic is low stress.

8. Sharing Management Wisdom Team Building Activity

Managers sharing wisdom ice breaker.
Copyright Jacob Wackerhausen

Here's a simple team building activity that creates excitement during a regularly scheduled team building and training session. This team building activity allows your participants to share their accumulated knowledge and wisdom with the other participants.

During this team building activity, the facilitator steps aside and the participants take center stage with their knowledge and expertise

9. Three Shining Work Moments Team Building Activity

Shining Moments Ice Breaker.
Copyright Jacob Wackerhausen

Looking for a winning team building activity that you can use for meetings, training classes, team building sessions, and company events and activities?

My three shining moments team building activity makes group cohesiveness and cooperation a natural extension of sharing in this event. Your participants will learn to know and appreciate each others' strengths with this team building activity.

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