A well-chosen icebreaker game can relax the mood, but a poorly chosen icebreaker can have the opposite effect, making people feel nervous and uncomfortable. These dos and donts will help you choose the right kind of icebreakers for your event.
- Do use icebreakers to create a more relaxed environment.
- Do use icebreakers as topic lead-ins during class and meetings.
- Do choose the right game for the right group.
- Do make sure that you have the right amount of people for the game that you choose.
- Do make the instructions for the icebreaker as simple as possible.
- Do keep your eye on the participants. Make sure that they are having fun.
- Do be ready to improvise if necessary.
- Do have a back-up plan. If the icebreaker isnt working, you will need it.
- Dont introduce an icebreaker game that will make others uncomfortable- physically or mentally.
- Dont underestimate the time it will take to complete the icebreaker game or activity.
- Dont forget to bring all of the materials that you need.
- Dont limit icebreakers to the beginning of a meeting/class. Use them to revitalize the group at any time.
- Dont force people to participate.
- Dont forget to keep track of which ice breakers work and which ones dont.
- Dont choose complicated icebreakers. Keep it simple.