Icebreakers for Corporate Meetings

Using an icebreaker at the opening of a corporate meeting—whether small or conference-sized—can mean the difference between getting off to a fantastic start with engaged participants or another dull compulsory gathering of people staring at their mobile devices.

When people know who they are sharing space with for an hour, a day, a week, they feel like a team and perform better together. Work gets done more efficiently and you get the results you want.

We put together a list of easy icebreakers that work well in a corporate setting. No Twister games here. Just professional, effective fun.

Happy people are effective people. 

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Three Words

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If you had to describe yourself in three words, which three would you choose? You might be surprised how the people around you describe themselves. This icebreaker is quick and easy, and perfect for a small group. It also helps foster understanding between people who work together.

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People Bingo

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People Bingo is a good choice for large groups, especially conferences, where you have space for people to move about and meet each other. It's completely customizable. This is a proven winner. 

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Two Truths and a Lie

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This can be truly hilarious in any group, whether the participants are team members or strangers. You just never know what your fellow students have experienced! See if you can identify the lies. This icebreaker game is especially fun if you are working with creative types.

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Business people stranded on island

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If you were marooned on a deserted island, who would you want with you?

This icebreaker is a great game to play when people don’t know each other, and it fosters team building in groups that already work together. I have always found people's choices to be very revealing about who they are and what they find interesting or compelling.

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Woman with hand on mouth in classroom.

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Expectations are powerful, especially when you have a gathering of adults. Understanding your participants' expectations of the event is key to your success.

Elect a scribe to write on the board and have participants volunteer some expectations they have for the meeting. Some good choices are, "Respect the person speaking," or "No inappropriate comments." 

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Time Machine

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If you could climb aboard a time machine and take off for any time period at all, when and where would you go? The past? The future? This is the perfect icebreaker for groups gathered to discuss history, sociology, or technology.