Ice Breaker Games for Business Meetings

By Steven Kittinger
Ice breakers for business meetings.
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Sometimes it can be hard to get to know someone at work, even if he sits in the next cubicle. Games are a way to bring people together to learn about one another. Ice breaker games at business meetings let people have fun getting to know each other.

Two Truths and a Wish

This is a variation on the more well-known game Two Truths and a Lie. The same basic principles apply to this version. Each person in the group has to say two things truthful about himself and one thing that he wishes was truthful about himself. Then everyone else has to guess which statements are true and which is the wish. The game allows people to see what their fellow co-workers aspire to be.

Sorts and Mingles

This game contains two parts that are both fun and useful. The first part centers on sorting everyone into groups. The moderator calls out contrasting views, like "coffee vs. tea" or "Mac vs. PC," and people will move to the east or west side of the room, depending on which answer each person choose. Then another choice will be given, and the two groups on either side of the room will be divided again as people move north and south. The second part of the game comes when the moderator says a certain category, such as "favorite time of day" or "favorite TV show." People must now mingle to find out who else has responded with the same answer. In this game, people see what they share in common with others and also how they are different.

String Game

This game allows people to find out a little bit more about their colleagues. A jumbled mesh of various lengths of string plays a pivotal part in this icebreaker. The first person to go must slowly pull a string of his choice out of the mesh and wrap it around his index finger. As he does this, he has to say interesting facts about himself. Since some pieces of string are longer than others, certain people will have to talk about themselves longer. This can become interesting as people have to pull up details about who they are.

About the Author

Steven Kittinger graduated from the Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in cinema/television. Over the past seven years, he has written, directed and edited a number of short films and a feature. He has also made more than 70 how-to videos for the Internet.