Team meetings can increase communication and create opportunities for creative problem solving. Opening activities for team meetings are effective tools for breaking the ice, getting the team open to communicating and voicing ideas. Opening activities or icebreakers are frequently used as a team building technique and can serve to build comradeship among your team. Opener activities can also mitigate any tensions that team members may bring with them to the meeting, paving the way for a more productive gathering of minds.
If your team is new to working with one another or if you are simply seeking a way to get them to engage more with one another, begin with an opening interview. Split your team into pairs, ideally having them paired up either with someone they don't know well or perhaps someone that they haven't quite clicked with. By taking this approach, you are breaking up cliques and pairing people who perhaps don't know each other on a personal level. Have each person determine five questions to ask the other person and write the answers down. After a period of 10 minutes, call the group back together and have them introduce their partner.
This Team Has Talent
Have team members display a talent or skill for the entire group. They can either do this in small or larger teams. Some ideas include putting on a comedy routine, doing a short comedy sketch, talent, puppet or magic show. Keep it light, encouraging each team to work together to put together a routine. Allow about 10 to 15 minutes for them to determine what they will do then have them present it to the entire group.
Divide the team into groups of two. Distribute scarves to each team and have them tie themselves together at the ankles and knees. Ensure that you have a large enough boardroom for this meeting and clear away any obstacles, such as chairs, prior to starting. Use masking tape to create a start and finish line. Have the teams line up and then work together to make it from start to finish.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
This is just like the game team members may have played as children but with a few subtle differences. Hang a picture of a donkey on a whiteboard or boardroom wall with tape. Divide the team into pairs. Use a scarf to blindfold the team member who is up first. Have his colleagues guide him toward the whiteboard, giving instructions for taping the paper tail onto the donkey. This activity promotes team work and provides a few laughs.