6. Embarrassing Stories
For a more risky but fun option, sharing embarrassing stories is a brilliant way to help people feel more comfortable in their skin and on equal terms with their colleagues. Make sure to give people a few minutes to think about their stories, otherwise, you might find that some are significantly more embarrassing than others!
7. Personal Trading Cards
As children, many of us collected trading cards or something similar; in this icebreaker, hand out card-sized sheets of paper and ask participants to create a trading card of themselves. The cards must include the individual’s name, as well as a fun fact and anything else you would like the participants to share with each other. Afterwards, encourage everyone involved to begin trading cards, specifying that they must read every card that they receive before trading it again. At the end of the activity, sit down and have everyone introduce whoever’s card they have ended up with. This is a fun, creative way of handling introductions which can sometimes be awkward.
8. Pet Peeves
Have each attendee explain their biggest pet peeve to the group. This is particularly useful in new teams and can avoid tension or conflict at a later date. For an extension to the task, you can also encourage people to talk about the personality trait they find most challenging to work with. Whilst you might be concerned about the initial conflict caused by a question like this, it’s much better to address the concerns in a formal situation than allow for bickering or pettiness to creep in later.
9. Great Achievements
On to a more positive note! Having attendees share their greatest achievements is brilliant for highlighting skills and making people feel more comfortable and confident, which is essential for effective collaboration and cooperation.
10. Don’t Smile
A fun and silly option; don’t smile is a quick game where the participants are told not to smile at all during the meeting or conference. Proceed to make as many jokes as possible and (even if you’re not funny), the participants will be cracking up in no time. Laughter is an excellent tool for loosening people up and when you’re told you can’t laugh, it becomes even harder not to!