"People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing." ~ Dale Carnegie
So to begin with, make sure you set the mood at the very beginning of your meetings. Make sure you have some great, upbeat music as people arrive and some light refreshments (let's face it, if I know there's free food, I'm much more likely to show up). Then, once you welcome everyone, consider taking a few minutes to play a short "icebreaker" game to put everyone at ease and get them up on their feet and involved and having fun.
(This game takes approximately 10 minutes)
Divide your group into 2 teams. Give each team a sheet of paper, marking pens, and a paperclip. Instruct participants to work with their teammates to create a paper airplane they feel will travel a long distance. Each team must name their airline and decorate their plane accordingly – using the marking pens. Planes are limited to one piece of paper and may use one paperclip anywhere on the plane if needed. After construction is completed, conduct the flights. The team with the plane traveling the longest distance wins a prize (bag of peanuts and soda, plastic toy pilot wings, etc.).
Consider asking a few de-briefing questions after the game has concluded:
Effective questions can be the single-most potent tool in any leader’s toolbox. They create a mindset shift away from problem orientation and limitations – and toward solution orientation and possibilities.
So how about you? Have any great ideas for icebreakers at your meetings?
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