Ice Breaker Ideas for Communication

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Creating camaraderie between group members increases productivity.
Creating camaraderie between group members increases productivity. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

In a business setting, classroom or club, it's important to break the ice to create open communication. There are several different ice breaking ideas and games to accomplish this. Whether you schedule enough time for just one or for several, these icebreaker ideas will probably help the productivity and confidence of every group member.

Telephone

Though this game is often referred to as a children's game it should break the ice and get some laughs rolling among the adults as well. The group sits in a circle. The leader of the group writes a phrase or sentence on a piece of paper and gives it to the person going first. This person then leans over and whispers the sentence is the next person's ear. He then whispers it to the next person who whispers it to the next person. Once it gets all the way around the circle, the person at the end repeats the whole thing aloud. The end result often bears little resemblance to the statement made at the beginning. You can use this as an example of how people can be misinformed in a group.

True or False

This game is entertaining in a large crowd or a smaller group and is a good get to know you game. Give everyone a piece of paper and a pen. Tell them to write two things that are true about themselves and a lie. Tell them to mix up the order of the truths and the lie. Once everyone is finished have each person take stand up and read her statement. The crowd votes which statement is the lie. Once the votes are counted, the person reveals the lie. The people who guessed correctly each get a token. At the end, those with the most tokens win.

Word Association

Write a list of words that are related to the event. Give each member a piece of paper and a pen. Ask them to write down the first word that comes to their mind as you read the list. Have the members share the words.

Four Corners

Give each person individual signs that say "Strongly Agree," "Agree," "Disagree" and "Strongly Disagree." Ask questions about the event, training or company that pose compelling ideas for the growth of the group. Have each person hold up a sign for how he feels about each idea and talk about the reasons he feels that way.

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