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Top 4 Conference Ice-breakers

Jonny Heather - November 21, 2017

When you’re organising a conference, no matter whether it is big or small, ice-breakers can help to break down any awkwardness that arises when meeting new people. They can be a great way to begin networking before the start of the conference and to have a bit of fun!

Here are our top 4 conference ice-breakers.

Top 4 Conference Ice-breakers

Speed Networking

Much like the notorious speed dating method of dating, speed networking works in a very similar way, but with networking of course! This ice-breaking method does not require any props, but does require all your attendees to line up in two equal lines facing each other.

The host then explains that one line will remain static, and the other line will work its way along, one person at a time, each person introducing themselves, and answering a question which the host sets before the networking starts. Each person must answer quickly before moving on. This method of ice-breaking is a quick and easy way to make sure everyone has enough time to introduce themselves, and it ensures all attendees meet each other in a short space of time!

Question Ball

Another great way to encourage engagement between your conference attendees is to use the question ball method. This involves blowing up a large ball–usually a beach ball–and writing typical ice-breaker questions all over it.

Make sure all your attendees are standing in a large circle, and then begin throwing the beach ball to each other! The index finger of the person that caught the ball will determine which question needs to be read. Once the question has been read, toss the ball to the next attendee and this is the person that will answer the previous question, and then read the next.

Fact in a Hat

Fact in a Hat is a fantastic way of breaking the ice between your conference attendees. This activity simply requires all attendees to make a note of any interesting or quirky hidden talents they may possess. All notes are then folded up, put inside a hat, and then shuffled about.

All attendees must then stand in a circle, pass the hat around, and each take out a note at random. One-by-one everyone must read out what is written on their note and then try to guess which person has that hidden talent!

Penny

Penny is a quick, fun, and informative game to help break the ice with conferences that have been split into smaller groups. All you will need to play this game is enough 1p coins to go around the group.

All attendees must grab a penny from the table at random and begin introducing themselves to the rest of the group. Attendees must state their name, the company they currently work for, and then the year imprinted onto their chosen penny coin. Next, attendees must say something interesting that happened to them in the corresponding year.

Top Ice-Breaker-Questions

  1. What’s your favourite advert jingle?
  2. Where would you like to be in five years?
  3. What’s your hidden talent?
  4. Who is your hero/heroine? (a parent, celebrity, an influential person in one’s life)
  5. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?
  6. If you won a lottery ticket and had a million dollars, what’s the first thing you’d do?
  7. What award would you love to win and for what achievement?
  8. If you had to give up a favourite food, which would be the most difficult to give up?
  9. If you could visit any place in world, where would you go and why?
  10. If you could invite anyone to dinner, past or present, who would you invite and why?
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Jonny, a keen photographer, is a Media Arts graduate. He looks after our website, newsletter and social media accounts. His previous role encompassed supervising a Winter Wonderland Grotto, where he was responsible for elf and safety.

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