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Fantastic ice breaker for large event!!


I'm opening an event for about 50-60 managers who are meeting for the first time. Do you have a really good/original short 5-10 min ice-breaker. The audience are retail managers.

Many thanks
Craig Ramsay

3 Responses

  1. it depends what, if anything you have as your theme for the day
    Hi Craig

    It depends on what theme you want to cover…if indeed you have a single theme!

    Some ideas that I have used in the past are….
    Team Names; get them into groups for the rest of the day and get each group to come up with a team name and motto (useful if the day’s ACTIVITIES are going to be team oriented)

    Neck Massage; get the whole group into one huge circle and turned to be one behind the other, instruct them to give a neck massage to the person in front…then ask them to work harder…they generally just become more physical at this point. Stop them and ask what “work harder” means..for whom? eg rather than massaging more physically they could have asked the “customer” what type of neck massage would have been the best for them. (Useful if the theme is customer service.)

    Ring a ropes; lay out a rope in one continuous circle on the floor. Get everyone to pick up the rope and hold it in one hand. Tell the whole group to lean outwards and be supported by the rope. It takes teamwork to achieve this since if one person stops leaning then it unbalances the whole team. (Useful if the theme is teamworking.)

    All these are the simplist explanations and you can add to them all

    I hope this helps


  2. Try the Birth Order Game
    Hi Craig

    This icebreaker has featured on TrainingZone before. I’ve used it on various events and it has always gone down well.

    You put signs in each of the 4 corners of the room – ONLY – ELDEST – YOUNGEST – MIDDLE – and ask the participants to go and stand in the corner according to their position in their family. Then give them 10 mins or so to discuss why their position in their family has made them:

    >Excellent communicators (if it’s a communication skills course)

    >Excellent presenters (if it’s a presentation skills course)

    >Excellent sales people (if it’s sales)
    and so on ….

    This seems to fit most sessions and does bring out some good learning.

    Contact me via email if you would like to discuss this further.

    Good luck

    Jenny James

  3. Buzz Bingo is ideal for large groups
    Hello Craig. There have been several earlier enquiries about Icebreakers, which you should look at. The ‘Buzz Bingo’ game is fun, ideal for large groups and can be tailored. I have it on my site – click free downloads and help yourself.
    All the best,


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