Beginning a meeting with ice breakers encourages participants to be more comfortable with the group, relieves anxiety and brings everyone into the conversation. Our corporate facilitators have employed a variety of ice breakers over the years, and we wanted to share a few of our favorites that you could use for your next meeting.

Famous People or Cities

Determine how many people your meeting will have. Then, make a series of index cards that matches that number with the names of famous people or cities on them. Ask everyone to stand up and tape a card on every person’s back. Encourage people to walk around and ask questions to figure out what their card is. Tell the group that the questions can only be yes or no questions. Examples you can use are Elvis, Jennifer Lawrence and Albert Einstein or Paris, Cairo and Washington DC.

Dream Vacation

Ask participants to tell the group about what they believe would be the perfect vacation. Experienced professional facilitators have found this particular ice breaker is great for teams that have worked together for a while because some of the dream vacations are very different from the group’s perception of the speaker. For example, some shy team members might want to go adventure climbing or sing karaoke in a Japanese nightclub.

Add an Adjective

Ask each person in the group to pick an adjective that begins with the same letter as their first name and matches their personality. Go around the room and have them introduce themselves with that adjective and their name. Examples could be Silly Sam or Inquiring Irene. Our meeting facilitators warn that this could be awkward if an individual has a name that starts with a less common letter like X, so take that possibility into consideration before you use this ice breaker.

Would I Lie?

Have participants come up with three things to say about themselves. Two should be true, and one should be a lie. Have other group members guess which statement is a lie. Our certified facilitators note that you can make this more fun by giving candy or other small rewards to individuals who guess correctly or who stump everyone.

What’s Your Favorite?

Another ice breaker our facilitators like is “What’s Your Favorite?” Have everyone write their name on an index card and then write down their favorite food, favorite animal, favorite TV show, favorite color and favorite hobby. Tell them not to show their answers to anyone else. Gather the papers and have the group guess who the answers belong to.