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Orientation exercise


I'm looking for a successful icebreaker that is useful for a group of 20 - 30 people to introduce themselves to others. Criteria is that it is interesting, fast and engaging and doesn't make people stand up at the front of the room and introduce themselve to the everyone else.

I've also asked each person to bring along something from their desk or from where they work that personally represents what they do. Does anyone have suggestions?

4 Responses

  1. A possible activity???

    I give out blu-tac and ask all particpants to make something that represents them or is important to them.  I have had people make football boots, wedding dresses, and a little family of people.  Although people are introducing themselves, it is a way of finding common ground, without the usual "my name is, and I have worked here for 2months etc….." !  

  2. Catch the ball


    One introduction technique I have used is to put everyone in a circle. The trainer stands as a member of the the circle as well and uses a tennis ball to throw it to someone else in the circle. The person catching the ball has introduce themselves briefly – their name, their role, what they bought from the office and why. Once the individual has introduced themselves they can throw the ball to anyone else in the circle.

    The trick is that the person catching the ball (it could be anyone) has to summarise what the prevous person has said and then introduce themselves.

    This is great for ensuring people listen to each others introductions.



  3. People Bingo

    A really good one for a large groups that I’ve used in the past os to prodice a ‘People Bingo’ card. facts about people generally e.g. Someone who can speak 3 languages. Someone who has an unusual pet etc. Delegates then have to introduce themselves to all other delegates as they move around the room and find someone who fulfils one of the critera.

    If you want, you can then ask each person to feedback one of the facts e.g. Simon, who did you find that had an usual pet? Who else did we find that has an usual pet?

    A sample People Bingo sheet is available at as well as some other icebreakers if you are interested.

    Sheridan Webb

  4. Agree with Sheridan & People Bingo ….

    A really quick, fast moving and energising way of getting to know people.  For a group situation such as yours it’s perfect!

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