A great ice-breaker will help your participants feel special, important and significant, and that is exactly how we want them to feel. Ice-breakers are also a powerful way to help people to quickly get to know each other and to set the stage for a positive learning environment.
Here are a few of my favorite ice-breakers:
- Say Your Name Backward
The participants say their name backward (ollireP sirhC for Chris Perillo) and the group tries to guess what that participant’s name is.
- That’s Amazing!
As an introduction include name, job, how long and something amazing that they have experienced, traveled to, ate, met or a hobby. Something that nobody would know from just looking at them. For example, skydiving, hiking, ate a slug, met the Queen of England, met the inventor of Cheetos, traveled to all 50 State etc. People are amazing!
- Your Favorite Movie Genre?
Designate corners in the room representing different movie genres; comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy. Ask participants to find a partner from a different genre, have them introduce themselves and take turns asking what it is they like about that type of movie. Have everyone return to their preferred genre and, repeat 2 or 3 times.
- Would You Rather?
Put a piece of tape on the floor to separate the room in half. Rattle off a bunch of questions that relate to the session— e.g., would you rather have a handshake or a high five? — and have employees hop on either side of the line depending on their answer. It’s an easy way to figure out who has something in common with someone else.
You ARE a living, walking, breathing example of Red-Carpet Customer Service and with a great ice-breaker, you can start out right by making your participants feel like STARS!