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Staff Meeting Icebreakers

August 12, 2014

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Staff meetings needn’t always be long and boring, and as a master facilitator, you should make sure your meetings start on the right note. Starting off a meeting the right way can encourage positive interaction and improve overall effectiveness. One way to start a staff meeting is with icebreakers. Staff meeting icebreakers are a great form of introduction and can help everyone feel engaged and excited for the meeting.

While icebreakers might not be appropriate for every meeting, these are three ideas from Brian Cole Miller, author of Quick Meeting Openers for Busy Managers:

  • If I Were A ______
    An activity where participants imagine they are someone or something else and describe it.
  • My Letter
    For this activity, participants choose a letter and introduce themselves with words starting only with that letter.
  • Best of Times
    Participants share with the group the best thing that happened to them that week.

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These icebreakers are for groups that are already familiar with each other:

  • How Well Do You Know Me?
    Staff members mention three fun facts about themselves. Two of the facts are true, one is fictional. Then, the others guess which is the fictional fact. The more crazy the fact, the better.
  • BINGO
    Create Bingo cards with 25 squares. In each square, write a true, personal statement (e.g., “eats oatmeal for breakfast”). Staff members then go around the room to find others who “match” the statement by asking each other indirect questions. For example, if you are trying to find out who also eats oatmeal for breakfast, you can ask “What do you eat for breakfast?” However, you cannot ask, “Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast?” Once you find a match, record it. The first to get five in a row wins!
  • Office Taboo
    A fun game where participants guess the name of an office object with the help of clues. Others describe that object while being careful to avoid a few “taboo” keywords.

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Jenny Lau is a digital marketing intern at American Management Association. She is also currently a senior at Baruch College majoring in corporate communications with a minor in psychology.

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    hi,tank you for your advisement,actually I have some problem with difficult people at work.I like to see more message from you.
    have nice day

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