In any work environment, it’s important to avoid falling into habits and routines that are at risk of becoming mundane. This is especially true when it comes to business meetings. We’ve all experienced the monotony of frequent meetings that don’t often see a fresh change of pace.
It all comes down to maintaining the entire group’s interest, excitement and willingness to participate. Icebreakers are a great way to achieve higher engagement among attendees. With a variety of creative and innovative activities, there are exercises for all types of business meetings. Try the following favorites that are sure to get the team talking.
Two Truths, One Lie
This is a classic game that provides a fun way to get to know your business partners or coworkers. The activity works best with smaller groups of 5-10 people. Ask each individual to write down 3 things about themselves: two true statements and one false statement. Encourage them to be creative! The group then proceeds to ask relevant yes/no questions and votes on which statements were the truth and which was the lie.
Guess My Job
Each person writes down a job they’ve had in the past – it can be weird or fun, as long as it’s different from their current position. Everyone places the piece of paper with their job in a bowl. Individuals can then take turns grabbing a piece of paper out of the bowl and guessing who the job belongs to. You may be surprised and even impressed with each others’ backgrounds!
Although this one may seem simple, it can easily help to spice things up. Take a beach ball and write different questions inside each section of the ball. Once the ball is thrown, the person who catches it has to answer the question that their right index finger lands on. Pass the ball along until each person gets to answer a question. Add multiple rounds if necessary.
Stuck On An Island
Each person in the room has to answer this: “If you were stranded on an island, pick 2 people and 2 items you would want to have with you.” The 2 people can either be specific or generalized and do not necessarily have to be people you know. The items can be virtually anything, but individuals must be ready to justify all four answers.
This Or That
This is such a classic and fun game that really gets people thinking. It works a lot like “Would You Rather.” For example, would you rather drive a really nice car and live in a small house or would you rather live in the home of your dreams and drive a really plain car?
Icebreakers are not only great for team meetings, but they are also extremely helpful for team building exercises, conventions, conferences and other events. Not to mention, there’s no better way to get the creativity and positive energy flowing in the work environment.
The Centre in Escondido is perfect for an off-site office space, brainstorming session or training. We offer meeting spaces to accommodate 5-100 people, team building packages, built-in audio and visual components, catering from Vintana and more. Contact us today for inquiries and booking details.
Another post from The Centre you might enjoy is “7 Steps For Planning A Successful Business Meeting.”
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