Are you running an event that brings together a bunch of new people that have never met each other before? It can be nerve wracking and slightly awkward so we’ve put together our top 10 icebreaker ideas to ensure your event gets off on the right foot with the best possible start.
We’ve put together our top icebreaker activities to get people interacting with each other authentically. Your aim is to start the day with lots of happy faces and positive vibes!
Are we similar?
A great way to automatically build relationships is identifying if any of the attendees have common ground – we’re pretty sure they will as they are at the same event!
Ask your attendees to find five people in the room and discuss similar interests they have. This activity promotes people to speak to everybody in the room and establish a common ground between them all.
Party trick time
Asking your attendees to show off their best party trick is a great way to break the ice and actually add some personality to your event! This will help to establish a relaxed atmosphere and keep the guests engaged.
Get to know your partner
Get your guests to pair up and spend five minutes getting to know one another, with the information they have gathered it’s now their chance to present this to the rest of the group. This will encourage attendees to be curious about each other and get to know people more.
You need to set the tone for the event and make your guests feel relaxed, a great way to do so is asking creative questions. For example, if you were a chocolate bar, what would you be and why?
Ask your attendees to find someone they have never met and grab a quick selfie with them. Selfies are the new big craze and a great talking point. You can always ask them to post it up using your event hashtag!
Two truths and a lie
A simple and effective ice breaker game. Ask each guest to share three statements about themselves – two true, and one false. Then, as a group, everyone tries to guess which one is the lie. The whole point is to learn about your peers while incorporating an element of fun.
Place a map and some pins at the front of the room before a big conference. As people enter, ask them to place a pin where they were born or raised.
As the map fills up with pins, people will learn about how diverse their teammates might be. Allocate time during or after the event for attendees to take a look at the map.
Focus on favourites
Ask your guests to name their favourites – from food to movies, keep the topics light hearted and fun so that participants are relaxed and enjoying the experience without feeling under pressure.
Get dating = Speed Meeting Icebreaker
Have you ever attended a speed dating session? This icebreaker follows the same concept. It lets you meet a huge number of participants in just a short amount of time. It’s a fun and simple way to break the ice.
It’s a classic, and it always showcases people’s personality! You can add a theme such as “sport,” “films,” or Books.” to make it slightly easier!