The 9 Best Ice Breakers for Meetings and Training Classes

Why Not Try Out These Ice Breakers at Your Work Events?

Ice breakers, energizers, and engaging 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.

These are some of my favorite, most successful ice breakers.  They've been tested and they work to break the ice with your groups​. Why not take a look and use these in your own team meetings and training sessions. 

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My Best One Word Ice Breaker

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Need a quick, no preparation ice breaker that works like a charm to break the ice in a meeting or training session? Plus, it costs you little prep time and still delivers great results. You can customize it for any meeting or topic and it is always fun for participants to share their word. See my recommended one word ice breaker. More

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My Favorite Ice Breaker

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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.

It is a guaranteed success to liven up your meetings and training classes. It makes every participant right. Try out this always successful, laughter-generating, simple ice breaker. More

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Your Favorites: An 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. It's also fun to ask why it's their favorite. More

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Meet and Greet Meeting Ice Breakers

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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. More

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A Simple Ice Breaker to Use Over 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 an ice breaker over a meal can be fun and not so focused on a topic. More

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Speed Meeting Ice Breaker

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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. More

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The Five of Anything Ice Breaker

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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. More

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Sharing Management Wisdom Team Building Activity

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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. More

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Three Shining Work Moments Team Building Activity

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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 longer ice breaker. More

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Bonus: How to Develop an Ice Breaker

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Want a bit extra about ice breakers? 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. More

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