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300 person icebreaker



Help! Anyone got any icebreakers for a group of 300 plus? It is a corporate setting and needs to be lead by the key speaker. I need to avoid anything the could be percieved as silly or pointless. Thanks in advance!
Nigel Baynes

7 Responses

  1. A couple of questions …
    Hi Nigel, I like challenges! Would like to know: how long should the icebreaker last, what is the purpose and do you have a group with different cultures?

  2. It will be about ten minutes
    The group will all be from the same organisation although there will be twenty to thirty diverse groups. The purpose is just to get people talking as a warm up to the main presentation. Thanks in advance!

  3. Also…
    are they all sat down, eg in conference group tables/all front facing, or do they have space to be able to move around ?

  4. Ice breaker for 300
    Hi Nigel,

    How about:

    A bingo type exercise where people have to find others who match certain criteria. I have seen many versions where the criteria are totally irrelevant t the event and some where the criteria are a key part of the proceedings for example:

    Signature of:

    One of the speakers at the event
    A sales-person
    An account manager

    If this is not for your group how about a prepared exercise. I ran one where everyone was asked to bring along an example of a success that they had achieved in the last few months.

    Everyone (there were 150) was put into random groups of six and asked to share their examples.

    As a finishing touch some groups were asked to share the best ones they had heard and would copy.

    This also got proceedings off to a positive start.



  5. 300 person icebreaker
    Hi Nigel
    I like the bingo idea and have used it with pretty big groups, but if it’s really not practicable for you, you could try “I’d rather be …”. It’s a simple one -just ask people toget together in small groups (say four to six) and each to say what they’d rather be doing than being cooped up in a room sith 300 others. Each group to agree the most appropriate or amusing answer, then you just ask for a few to volunteer their views – stop when you’ve got the energy up!
    Have fun

  6. Like Bingo…
    Get them to team up in 4 or 5 per row (or a table’s-worth) and pose various questions – how many in the company, profit last year, whatever. Ask 1 from each team to stand up, then reduce the error margin from the correct answer in steps
    until you eliminate all but 1 or two. Throw the winner of each a sweetie or something. (Much more fun if you ask silly questions, like largest number of body piercings or something, but you didn’t want that.)


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