We have all had awkward conversations at office parties and corporate events. A major reason for that is the inability of people to form a rapport with strangers. Icebreaker activities are those activities which make people open up and create a healthy professional relationship with others. It is often said that the success of any business depends upon how well its teams work together. Personal bonding is created after years of working together but Corporate events are good opportunities to create that sort of camaraderie. Let’s look at a few activities to understand how you or an anchor/host can run them in your organisation.
Here Are Top 5 IceBreaker Activities for Corporate Events
Who did it? – Icebreaker Activities
Divide your employees into teams or pairs. Ask them to write down one thing they have done which is interesting. (e.g. bungee jumping, eating a dozen eggs, drinking large amounts of beer etc. – its better if they write silly stuff). Then you can collect all the chits in a box and pass it around. Each person takes out a chit and tries to guess ‘who did it. And also explain why they think he or she did it!
2. Cartoon Name Tags – Ice Breaker Games
Rather than giving out real name tags, ask the attendees to pick a cartoon or comic character which best describes them and write them on it. Under that comic name, they can write their own name. This will give others a point of reference for striking up a conversation. This could be a good idea to serve as an ice breaker game.
3. Take a Selfie – Icebreakers for Adults
Ask participants to take out their smartphones and take a picture with a colleague they do not know. After that, they will have to share it on their page or the company’s social media accounts. This way they will get to know each other in an informal way.
4. What’s Your Favorite Year – Icebreaker Games for Adults
This activity can be used to get the participants to talk about a happy year in life and what all happened during it. The rest of the employees can inquire and get to know more about the person. This works in giving an avenue to the employees for knowing each other in a more intimate way.
5. Make a Portrait of The Person Next to You – Funny Ice Breakers
You can make the attendees sit in a circle and ask them to create a sketch of the person sitting next to them. Since most people are not artists, a lot of hilarity will ensue with all the poorly drawn portraits. The funniest portrait can be given a prize in all the playful environment which will be created as a result.
Now that you have understood what activities you can use to make the environment jovial before a serious event, you might be interested in knowing what factors cause stress while planning corporates events. Here are our tips on avoiding them.