Many articles state that breaking the ice at the beginning of a meeting is very important, but few really address the need for answers.
During your introduction, do not hesitate to focus on your staff’s state of mind and predispositions before getting to the heart of the matter in order to run your meeting smoothly. Icebreakers are a fun way to introduce your topic and give your participants a chance to get to know each other. Moreover, you can find icebreakers adapted to all situations, both for your meetings in small groups and for your large events.
To help you introduce your meeting in an imaginative way, we present 5 “Icebreaker” activities.
Weather of the Day
To put everyone at ease, think about introducing your topic keeping in mind that your goal is to free everyone’s speech. This can be done in a fun and enjoyable way with an activity such as the “weather of the day”. This activity consists in asking your collaborators their state of mind at the beginning of your presentation. This interaction with your participants usually creates a climate of trust that encourages exchanges! This activity is suitable for both small groups and large audiences.
You can organize this activity directly on Beekast. Using the Word Cloud activity, ask your participants: “What is your weather today? (emoji)”. Everyone will then have to answer this question using emojis. The most used emojis will gradually grow live! You can then present the results and discuss it with the participants.
Try this icebreaker, import our Beekast Template “Baromètre emoji” 👇
Prepare for a meeting by sounding out the group’s state of mind.
The Company Tree
A tree is a good Icebreaker to introduce a topic related to an internal problem. In order to organize this activity, you just have to show an image of a tree on which are installed characters, each with different postures. You must then assign a number to each character. All you have to do is ask your participants who they identify with the most! If you need to visualize these words a little better, here is an image of a company tree. As you can imagine, since this activity involves a limited number of characters, it is rather restricted to small audiences.
You can use Beekast to organize this activity. Simply create a Survey activity with image. You must then create as many answers as characters (for example, from 1 to 21). Your participants will only have to choose their character and vote for it!
Share how you’re feeling before a meeting starts
Check-in in the Clouds
The check-in in the clouds is a very easy activity to set up. It enables you to free everyone’s speech by offering them the opportunity to present themselves through their moods. Offer them four adjectives: worried, angry, happy or scared. They will then have to choose the one that best suits them during your introduction.
On beekast, you can use the Word Cloud activity to animate this icebreaker. Then, if you have the time to do it, you can ask everyone to give a short explanation.
This activity is a great way to give everyone a chance to speak. To set up this activity, you can form pairs (ideally two people who do not know each other) and ask them to introduce themselves! But it doesn’t stop there, otherwise it would be too simple. Once they have introduced themselves, they must then present their buddy!
This activity challenges the participants’ listening skills while giving them the opportunity to get to know each other. We advise you to define a presentation time (for example two minutes and thirty seconds) beforehand so that everyone plays the game to its full potential!
This icebreaker has a particularity, it implies movement. If you have a large room on your floor where you can get up and move around in a group, try the “Bull’s Eye” activity! Propose several themes to your participants and ask them to what extent they agree with your proposal (on a scale of 1 to 10 for example). You are responsible for defining an object representing the central point. They will then be led to place themselves more or less close to this object according to their degree of agreement!
This activity is perfectly adapted to small groups where the organization will be much easier than for larger groups since it is more complicated to make everyone move.
More Icebreaker activities?
Prepare for a meeting.
Share a postcard with the team to see the bright side of things.
Assess what pushes the team forward and what slows them down.