Icebreakers For Your Next Party Or Get-Together

Planning a get-together soon where many of the guests will not know one another? Try one of these icebreakers to make friends out of strangers.

When people attend meetings or functions where they will be meeting new people from different walks of life, there are usually a few early minutes dedicated to an icebreaker. The icebreaker's purpose is to find innovative and fun ways to get members of the group to learn something about the other people. These icebreakers are usually silly little games, but they are quite useful in getting a room full of strangers to open up to each other.

* If you are in a networking type of meeting or a formal business meeting, there is no reason why you will not be able to utilize an icebreaker. Granted, you may want to tone down the silliness a little bit. One of the easiest icebreakers is to pair all of the participants up. If the list of participants is known beforehand, you can pair up the members before the meeting. If there will simply be a random group of participants, have the members team up with the person sitting next to them (as long as they do not already know the member). Allow five minutes for the two participants to chat with each other (you can prepare a list of questions before the meeting that the members can ask each other, otherwise, you can leave them up to their own devices). When the five minutes are up, go around the room and ask each participant to tell the room about the person they chatted with. This is a fun spin on the normal icebreaker, where each participant simply stands up and introduces themselves.

* The "Find a Person Who" game is very simple to play, especially if you have a large group at your get-together. Before the meeting or party, type up a list of at least twenty different phrases that would describe a person. For example, some phrases could include "Traveled to Florence, Italy," "Has a tattoo," "Has had more than four speeding tickets," "Speaks more than one language," "Has more than one child," "Has the same astrology sign as you," and so on and so on. You can be as silly or creative as you want with these different phrases. When everyone arrives, hand each person a sheet with these phrases. Depending on the number of phrases you listed, give the entire group a certain amount of time (probably around five to ten minutes) to find people in the group that meet that specific description. When they find a person who, say, meets the "Has a tattoo" description, that person will sign the sheet by the phrase. Whoever has met the most people (by having many signatures on their phrase sheet), wins a small door prize.

* Remember that old game show where celebrities would meet three contestants who all claimed to be a certain person and they had to guess who the real person was? This icebreaker is a variation on that game. Each member of the party or meeting will go to the front of the room and say three sentences. They will say two sentences that are true and one sentence that is a lie (although it shouldn't sound completely bogus). For example, somebody could walk up to the front of the room and say, "I have two dogs named Sonny and Cher. I almost became a priest but decided against it and went into law. I have a purple El Camino." Each person in the room gets to ask the speaker one question each about one of those three statements. For example, they could ask, "What year is your El Camino?" or "What types of dogs do you have?" The speaker must play along and answer all questions and, at the end, the group has to determine which two statements are true and which statement is false.

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