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Ice Breaker Games Your Team Will Remember. Yes, Forever.

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Ice Breaker Games

There are many different types of ice breaker games. For example, there are more physical or involved team building activities like these, there are simple ice breaker activities like these, and there are quick discussion ice breaker questions like these and these.

What type of ice breaker activity you need depends on what you’re using the exercise for and what you hope to accomplish in the group.

For example, some activities are purely about having fun with an existing team. They allow team members to get silly or goofy and relax off taking themselves too seriously.

But exercises that push people too far outside their normal meeting behaviors may go too far for those who are just getting to know each other. Newcomers may need something more brief and surface-level to ease them into interacting without getting too intrusive or breaking their personal space bubbles. (Here’s 10 Best Practices for Making Your Ice Breaker Work.)

Ice breakers can provide a variety of benefits. They can be used to demonstrate a point, sort of like an object lesson, that is helpful for the group to remember. For example, after working together to build a tower, group members can talk about how they communicated, what techniques worked well and which worked poorly, and how communication happens in ordinary life and work rituals.

Other ice breakers relate specifically to training that will occur after the activity is finished. For example, a company might play a game in which they rank the slogans or logos of big corporations in order to ease people into a discussion about their own company’s brand.

So determine what kind of games work best for your goals and check out the links in these articles to find games that are proven to work with almost any group (and can be pulled off in minutes with little or no prep or materials).



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