A member of the Chamber of Commerce Professionals Group on Facebook asked:
We are getting ready for our Annual Board Retreat! Does anyone have a fun “get to know you” game or ice breaker they would be willing to share? I will have three new Board members this year and I would like to spend some time having them get to know each other!
Icebreaker Games for Professionals
As usual, the chamber professionals had a number of creative ideas. Here are a few:
Connecting. Denice Harlan shared this fun idea. Take a ball of twine and stand in a circle with your group. The person with the ball of twine starts off by sharing something s/he loves. The first person who says, “Me too,” receives the ball of twine next but the original person holds onto the end. The game repeats by the recipient stating something they love, and tossing the twine to someone else who loves it too. The person tossing always holds on to a bit of the twine. Everyone in the circle gets a chance to “love” something. Soon you have a “spaghetti model” of how much you have in common.
Cue Cards. This game from the Andover Chamber of Commerce helps people get to know one another. Give each person a cue card on which they write 3 things about themselves that other people in the room don’t know. Collect the cards, shuffle them, and hand them back out to the group ensuring no one gets their own. Then give everyone several minutes to find whose card they have by talking to the others in the room. At the end of the allotted time, the person with the card introduces the person who matches it to the group. Expect laughter.
Candy Secrets. Pass around a big bowl of candy. Tell people they can take as many as they want. After all, you want everyone wide awake for the festivities. After everyone has their handfuls explain to them that every piece of candy stands for a secret, or detail, about themselves they must share. If someone didn’t take any, they default to one secret.
Breaking the ice is easy to do when you have a few fun games to play. If you want to join the conversation and learn more from other chambers, click here.
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