The most memorable meetings and presentations do not begin with small talk, awkward silence, or everyone blankly staring at a speaker. The best presenters do something differently. They break the ice! Captivate people’s attention from the start, spark their curiosity, and get them feeling comfortable to share and ask questions; all with the most energizing icebreakers.
Some icebreaker games are better suited for smaller groups, while others are perfect for larger crowds. Pick what you believe will engage your particular audience, and is more in line with your company culture, or suitable for the topics to be discussed.
Here is a list of icebreakers for awesome presentations and meetings, separated into categories.
By audience size:
- Team icebreakers (for small groups)
- Icebreakers for big meetings and presentations (for medium to large groups)
- Icebreaker games for major events (for extra-large groups)
Icebreakers to get to know people in your audience
Icebreakers to kick off a workshop
Multi-purpose trivia icebreakers
- Puzzles on favorite subjects (i.e. math, history, etc.)
- Fun kahoot on your topic of choice (flags is a good one!)
- Pop quiz on the topic to be discussed
All of the following ideas can help engage groups in hybrid, remote, or in-person environments. Many of their descriptions also contain icebreaker questions for inspiration.
Team icebreakers (for small groups)
Are new team members joining your meeting? This icebreaker is perfect for introducing people.
Have new starters come up with questions about themselves for everyone to guess the answer to. For example, “What languages can Martha speak?,” “What is Matt’s favorite food, one he could eat all day every day?,” or “What did Sam do for work before joining our company?”
Instead of awkward and formal intros, use selfie kahoots as a fun way for team members to get to know colleagues. Right and wrong answers are sure to prompt conversations throughout the meeting and even after it.