Ice Breakers for Corporate Meetings

Using an ice breaker at the opening of a corporate meeting--whether small or conference-sized--can mean the difference between getting off to 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 ice breakers that work well in a corporate setting. No Twister games here. Just professional, effective fun.

Happy people are effective people. 

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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 ice breaker is quick and easy, and perfect for a small group. It also helps foster understanding between people who work together. More »

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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, and we've got lists of ideas for you. This is a proven winner. The link above includes a list of all of our idea collections, plus instructions for creating your own cards if you don't want to purchase them, which is also an option. More »

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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 ice breaker game is especially fun if you are working with creative types. More »

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

This ice breaker 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. More »

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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. If compiling this information is part of your agenda, open with this ice breaker and accomplish both goals at the same time. More »

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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 ice breaker for groups gathered to discuss history, sociology, or technology.