The most important part of any corporate event is the people. If people aren’t talking, they’re not communicating. 80% of marketing professionals believe corporate events are important for businesses to be successful.
And if your business relies on communication to build relationships and new business with future clients, you could be losing money. It’s a skill worth developing, between coworkers or with potential business leads.
So why not have some icebreakers planned to get the conversation flowing? We’ve compiled a list of 5 great examples to use at your next event to make it a success, so keep on reading!
Make a Friend
You want your event participants to get to know one another, so pair everyone together with somebody that they don’t know and get them to ask each other questions.
Names, hobbies, job/career, goals, any big career successes, perhaps a fun fact about themselves. If you’re short on time, keep it limited to a few questions. Once the time is up, get everyone to stand up and introduce the other person with the facts they’ve learned.
Two Truths and a Lie
Depending on your numbers, this can work as a big group, or in several smaller groups.
Each person selected tells the group three facts about themselves. One is true, and two are lies. The group has to figure out the truth!
Maybe you’ve got some corporate swag to share? Use it as prizes for those who guess correctly. And if you’re looking for some swag ideas, take a look at our list of 5 swag items to share with your event participants.
Have you ever tried speed dating? Speed networking is the corporate equivalent.
Get everyone to have a chat by sitting half of your participants down at desks, with a chair the other side.
The other half fill the other chairs, with a couple of minutes to chat before they move on. If you want, give each desk a few sample questions to ask each other to help make it less awkward (and to help the shy ones to get involved).
You don’t have to be sat down all the time. Why not get your event participants into teams and have them roam around on a corporate scavenger hunt?
Give them a list of things to find and do, and have them report back and share. It gives them familiarity with the venue and the location you’ve traveled to and gets them talking and having fun with new people.
If you’re hosting a big event, why not make use of your workforce?
Recruit your co-workers to stage some intimate Q&As on topics or products they’re familiar with. Everyone can mingle, ask questions, and get to know each other. It’s a great way to share information and encourage networking, as well as (potentially) make some sales if you have potential clients at your event.
Break the Ice at Your Next Corporate Event
Don’t let your event be stuffy, boring and quiet. Have some fun with the icebreakers we’ve suggested to get your event participants interacting with each other. Remember – communication means opportunities, and opportunities can mean new clients.
If you’re looking for a suitable destination, have a look at our meeting venues and see if we can’t provide the arena for your next corporate event.
If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “5 Contest Ideas to Spice up Your Next Corporate Event.”
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