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Ice-Breaker Tips

March 10, 2020, Author: bianca

 How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice!

We all know that feeling of arriving at an event or party without knowing anyone. Well, with these quick tips you’ll not only be cracking the ice but breaking right through it into waters of great conversations and newly formed friendships.

Unique questions to stand out in the crowd:

It can be daunting to be faced with a large group of people you don’t know. Walking up to someone to start a conversation may feel intimidating but with these questions in your arsenal, you’ll be the life of the party. These can even be used if those dreaded awkward silences make an appearance.

  • What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
  • Where were you 10 years ago and where do you see yourself in another 10 years?
  • If you never aged, what age would you want to be for the rest of your life?
  • What is the one thing that you want to accomplish in your career?
  • If you could create your own artificial intelligent manager, what traits and skills would you add?
  • If everyone had a theme song, what would your managers’ be?
  • What is the one thing you can’t go without?
  • Share your favourite picture on your phone right now and explain why it is.
  • If you could be the leader of an organization, country, a form of entertainment, or sport, which would you choose and why?

 

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Laugh a little with these humorous activities:

Toilet paper icebreaker: To play, pass a roll of toilet paper around and have everyone rip off how much they would usually use. Everyone will probably think it’s crazy! When the toilet paper makes it all the way around the circle, have everyone count their squares. The number of squares each person took is the number of fun facts they must reveal about themselves. This will, without a doubt, entice a few giggles!

The shoe icebreaker: As everyone arrives, let them put one of their shoes in a basket by the door. Later on, distribute all the shoes. Everyone has 2 minutes to find their shoes’ partner and then they have 5 minutes to strike up a conversation (hopefully about something other than shoes!)

The Instagram icebreaker: Let each person in the group choose a snap from their Instagram that has a funny connotation. This will certainly cause a laugh and showcase more of the person’s personality and life.

These handy tips can be used in large or small groups, business or casual meetings, by event organisers, party planners and even just friends planning a braai!

Some interesting facts to impress your newly made friends with:

Did you know?

  • Scotland has 421 words for snow.
  • In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig.
  • Two diseases have successfully been eradicated: smallpox and rinderpest.
  • Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.
  • Polar bears could eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting
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