Large group icebreakers are games or activities to get teams of 20 people or more talking to each other. Common examples include “Never Have I Ever” and “Most Likely To.” The purpose of these icebreakers is to help build relationships and spur discussion among people who may have trouble getting the conversation started by themselves.
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Types of ice breakers
There are three different categories of ice breakers you can use in a business setting:
What is an ice breaker?
An ice breaker is a game or activity meant to break down nerves and tension in a group of people to make conversation between group members more comfortable. Ice breakers help the individuals of a group start a conversation, get to know each other, find common ground and build themselves into a working team.
Why are ice breakers important in business?
Ice breakers are important in business because you can use them in several large group meetings to make participants more comfortable working together. For example, trainers frequently use ice breakers during new hire training and managers use them during inter-departmental meetings. Ice breakers also help you get everyone in the group to contribute to the group and to be engaged during the meeting.
Great ice breakers for large groups
Here is a list of the best ice breakers to use during large group business meetings and events:
1. “Which Celebrity am I?” game
This ice breaker is a fun game that gets individuals talking to each other and helps break down barriers of discomfort so they will be comfortable being engaged during the meeting. In this ice breaker, everyone gets a sticky note with the name of a celebrity written on it to stick on their forehead. The individual should not know the celebritys name on their sticky note.
Individuals then walk around the room and ask each other “yes” or “no” questions to figure out who their celebrity is. To encourage participants to speak to multiple individuals within the group, only allow them to ask each person one question. The first individual — or few people — to correctly guess which their celebrity wins a prize.
2. “Two Truths and a Lie” game
This ice breaker is a fun game that helps the group get to know each other and work together as a group. In this ice breaker, each participant makes three statements about themselves aloud to the group. Two of the statements should be true and they should make one untruthful statement. The rest of the group works together to guess which statement is the lie.
3. “If” question ice breakers
Using an ice breaker that asks a question or multiple questions that begin with “if” is a great way for the group to get to know each other and find commonalities between each other. Some sample “if” questions to consider using include:
4. Corporate speed dating
This ice breaker allows the group to quickly gather information about each participant so the group can get to know each other better. In this ice breaker, you divide everyone in the room into groups of two. Each person gets two minutes to ask the other person in their group as many questions as they can to get to know them.
After each person has had their two minutes to ask questions about the other person, go around the room and ask each person to share the facts they learned with the rest of the group. To keep this ice breaker even shorter, ask each person to only share two or three of the facts they found most interesting or most important.
5. “Five Things” ice breaker
The Five Things ice breaker is a great activity you can use to get the group working on the project that is the reason for your meeting. In this ice breaker, you divide the large group into smaller groups with three to five people in each group. You then ask each group to identify five things related to your topic. For example, if your meeting is about how to improve customer loyalty you can ask one group to identify five things important to customer satisfaction and ask another group to identify five things that increase customer loyalty.
6. The one-word ice breaker
The one-word ice breaker is an effective activity to use as a segue into your conversation topic. In this game, you divide the large group into smaller groups with two to four people apiece. You then give the group a topic and ask them to describe it in one word. You can give every group the same question or give each small group a different question related to your topic.
For example, if your meeting is about improving company culture you could ask one group to describe the company’s current culture and ask another group to describe one thing the company can do to improve its culture.
What is a good ice breaker for large groups?
- Two Truths, One Lie. Two Truths, One Lie is a great activity for small group settings. …
- My Superpower. …
- My Dream Celebrity Dinner Guest(s) …
- Which Statement Resonates Most With Me? …
- Competition Charades. …
- Blind Retriever. …
- 3-Question Mingle. …
What can you do with a big group of people?
- What’s your one piece of advice to everyone here?
- What question do you wish people would ask you?
- What is one thing we would never guess about you?
- What’s one thing you want to do in life but don’t know where to start?
- What’s a cause or purpose you deeply believe in?
What games can you play with a large group?
- Company Potluck. …
- Wild Goose Chase. …
- Paint Night. …
- Charity Bike Buildathon. …
- Marshmallow Challenge. …
- Corporate Castaways. …
- Two Truths and a Lie. …
- Random Acts of Kindness.