Fun Icebreaker Games for Meetings

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Icebreaker games help you learn the names of everyone in your group.
Icebreaker games help you learn the names of everyone in your group. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

You are in a group with complete strangers, and before you get started on your project, you need to get to know them -- or at least learn their names. Use icebreaker games to meet the members of your group. Don't choose games that could be embarrassing or that ask information that is too personal. Pick games that include each person and require members to mingle with everyone in the group.

Never Have I Ever

All you need for this game are your ten fingers. Players start out with both hands up in front of their face, fingers spread apart, palms facing outward. Members take turns announcing something they have never done before, like skydiving. All players who have been skydiving must put down a finger. The game continues until one player has put down all ten of his fingers; that player is the winner. Be clear about professionalism and being sensitive to others, as some players may announce inappropriate things they have never done.

Two Truths and a Lie

In this game, a player announces three things about herself, stating them as if they are all facts. The statements can be simple likes or dislikes, quirks or childhood stories, but one of them must be a lie. For example, "I am a natural blond, I never learned how to ride a bike and I like to eat pizza." The lie is that she does know how to ride a bike. The group must decide which statement is a lie. Each player takes a turn making three statements, one of which is a lie. A good aspect of this game is that the individual selects how much information she feels comfortable revealing to the group.

Bingo

Make bingo cards with random information such as "has a birthday in September," "lived in Texas" or "drives a blue car." Hand out a card and a pen to each group member. Players mingle and ask others in the group which square fits them, gathering an autograph in a particular square when they find a match. Each person can sign a particular card only once. The first person to get a straight line filled across his card shouts "Bingo!" and wins. This game requires group members to introduce themselves and ask questions of people they do not know.

Stick out Your Tongue

Each player sticks out her tongue while talking. One version of this game is to pick a favorite fruit, such as "pineapple." When the fruit you selected is announced, or somewhat mumbled because the tongue is still sticking out, say your fruit and then "pass it on" by saying another player's fruit. The next player repeats her fruit and the fruit of another player as quickly as possible. But don't stop with fruit; use other favorite things, or have people announce their job title or say their full name -- it seems funnier just because it is said while sticking your tongue out.

This game is funny because sounds like "v" and "f" are difficult to pronounce with your tongue sticking out.
This game is funny because sounds like "v" and "f" are difficult to pronounce with your tongue sticking out. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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