Top 10 Ice Breakers

Ice Breaker Activities for Meetings, Training, and Team Building Sessions

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Are you interested in trying out some of my best ice breaker activities? These top ten ice breaker activities are not just popular in my meetings, training classes, and team building events, they are the most popular with the Human Resources section's readers.

Try these top ten ice breaker activities out in your own workplace. They'll make your participants comfortable talking and at ease with the other attendees.

Get your participants off to a good start by using these ice breaker activities in your workplace.

Instructions and suggestions for how to make the most of these ice breaker activities are included with each ice breaker.

Top 10 Ice Breaker Activities

  1. My Favorite Team Building Icebreaker: Find 10 Things in Common
    In this ice breaker, you find ten things that you have in common with the other participants in your group. You start by telling them that simple cop-outs such as body parts are not allowed. Find out how to lead this fun ice breaker.
  2. Meet and Greet Meeting Ice Breakers
    Looking for simple, fun ways to have your meeting participants become comfortable greeting each other? Here are two to try that require a bit of advance preparation, but they're fun. (And, the advanced preparation really isn't bad.)
  3. My Best One Word Ice Breaker
    This is becoming my new favorite ice breaker. After using it for a couple of years, I find that it works well in every meeting, training, and team building session

    My most recent team building session was on the topic of conflict resolution. Participants started out the session by saying what they think of when they think of conflict. In a second example, I presented a session on culture and asked the participants to describe their current culture in one word. Why not try it out?
  1. The Five of Anything Ice Breaker
    You can use any number for this fun ice breaker that quickly allows participants to share interests. Make the interests germane to your session or let your participants learn more about each other. This ice breaker is easily customized to your meeting's needs.
  2. Fun and Funny Ice Breakers
    Want to laugh with participants as you break the ice at the beginning of a training class, team building session, or meeting? These ice breakers are fun and funny and while they may not introduce the topic of the meeting, they have their own place in the world of warming people to the discussion in meetings.
  1. Speed Meeting Ice Breaker
    Have you ever attended a speed dating session? They were quite the rage for awhile. I modeled  this ice breaker on the concept of speed dating. It lets you meet a large number of meeting participants in just a short amount of time. Check it out.
  2. Your Favorites—An Ice Breaker
    From pets to food to flowers, everyone has favorites. That's what makes this ice breaker so much fun. Participants can't get it wrong. It embarrasses no one and participants don't have to disclose deep, dark secrets. It's fun to hear the answers from your colleagues when they list their favorites. The key is to keep it light so participants are comfortable sharing. See how.
  3. Ice Breakers for Meetings at Work: Energizing Questions
    Need an ice breaker that encourages reflection and sharing? These thoughtful questions warm up your meeting while allowing participants to share something that is important to them. Here are many examples of questions you might like to use. They're easy to customize for your meetings.
  4. Three Shining Work Moments Ice Breaker
    Originally developed to lead a session on team building with police officers, this ice breaker / team building activity worked so well, that I have used it over and over with different groups. This allows participants to reflect on their years of work (or years of college) and pick three moments to share with their small group.

    These are the shining moments that people remember when the stars and sun seemed to align and they produced their best work, their finest moments, and their career successes. You won't hear a pin drop while participants think of the three moments to share. Here's how to lead this meeting.
  1. Your Personal Best: A Magical Team Building Activity
    In this ice breaker, you ask the participants to think back over their careers and identify a moment when everything that is great about themselves was operating in high gear. They're asked to share that moment in a small group.

    The secret is that it is probably the first thought that came to mind when they heard the instructions. I've never found any participant who didn't have a moment to share. See more of this ice breaker that allows people to share their personal best.

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