With these meeting icebreakers, you’ll now have no problem rounding up your team for a meeting.
Since meetings can sometimes be seen as a drag, adding a game element to the start is often enough to keep people happy.
Games, after all, are cool!
Icebreakers for meetings are also the easiest way to drop teammates into meeting-mode.
And for meetings with other teams, it’s a way you can network in a more casual, relaxed manner. This is a handy benefit, when you need quick work favors from them in the future.
Whether an hour’s meeting, or a day’s, here are 5 meeting icebreakers for you to try.
Learning more about your teammates outside work is one of the quirky side effects of meeting icebreakers. These drops of trivia can help people gel.
To play, each person shares two things no one at work knows, by writing them on slips of paper.
Jumble the papers, making sure everyone gets two. Players then take it in turn to read theirs out, leaving everyone to guess their owners. The more crazy the facts, the better.
- e.g. I used to be a stand-up comedian, I know how to drive a combine harvest, I lived in a different country for __ years.
One of the more active meeting icebreakers here, this game gets everyone moving. Before playing, create a list of 10-15 everyday scenarios that might happen to people at work, like:
- Slamming the phone down after speaking to an irate caller
- Your computer crashes in the middle of a 100-page report you’re doing
- Taking shorthand at a meeting
Tear these up and put in a bowl.
Split into two equal teams, sent to their own corner.
On ‘Go’, the first player from each must grab the same scenario from you – and MIME it for their team to guess. Guessed correctly? The next player collects the next scenario, etc.
The first team to complete the entire list wins a special favor.
One of the more colorful meeting icebreakers here. By playing this, you’ll be encouraging people to talk about the things they love in their work (yes, it’s possible).
Before playing, empty a packet of M&Ms or Skittles into a bowl. Everyone will need at least 5 pieces each, so make sure you have enough.
Warn guests NOT to eat any of the candy once the game starts.
On a sheet of paper, write down what each color means. For example:
- Yellow Skittle – Last book read on the way into work
- Red – Most memorable work party
- Green – One thing you love about your job
- Orange – Favorite work thing you do to keep you motivated
- Blue – One stressful thing in your job you wish you could improve
- Purple – One life goal you’re working on
As the bowl goes round, each player shares something based on the color they pick. They must pick colors at random – so no deliberate choosing!
The sheet of color meanings? Either pin up for all to see – or keep them to yourself, so playing the role of question master.
It’s okay if a player picks the same again. This gives them the chance to say more about themselves.
This simple icebreaker’s for meetings where people come together from different teams or departments – but find common ground.
Pair everyone up, with the first person given 3 minutes to share something personal or work-related based on a topic. Topics could include:
- Share one thing you love about your job.
- What would you do if you had a million dollars?
- Share one achievement, personal or work-related.
- Which actor/actress would play you, if they made a movie of your life, and why.
At the end of the game, players can share what they’ve learned about each other. Alternatively, continue the game, this time with new pairs.
Work People Bingo
Prepare this game, by creating a bingo card of 25 squares. Each square contains a work-themed statement, instead of a number. For example:
- Takes two forms of transport to get into work
- Leaves the house before 6am
- Uses the work gym
- Has had their whole team over for dinner
- Wears a lucky tie for sales meetings
Players must now find others in the room to match those statements. Once a person is found, write their name in the right square.
The first player to fill a row or the most filled squares wins!
Meeting icebreakers can be a lot of fun.
And once everyone’s warmed up, you’ll find that people will interact more with the eventual meeting at hand.