Last week we provided suggestions for awesome corporate event venues and decor. This week we’re diving into the attendee experience. While some folks find it easy to strike up a conversation, others may feel overwhelmed or awkward. As event professionals, it’s our job to make networking as easy, natural, and fun as possible for all our guests, even the wallflowers. Here’s a look at a 4 Fun and Simple Ice Breaker Games:
1. Cocktail Trivia
Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of drinking game. But let’s face it, alcohol often plays an important role in networking events. This quick and simple activity challenges guests to find out fun info about the drinking preferences of their colleagues. We also like to tie the game into the event’s theme or venue. For example, the below event embraced San Diego’s recent “Tiki Takeover.” If your group isn’t into drinking, not to worry. We happily customize according to your specific demographic, venue, or theme!
Like our last activity, this ice breaker game also involves “interviewing” other attendees. However, Samesies takes it one step further. Now you must find people who have the same answers as you! Again, we love to create different variations based on your demographic, venue, theme, etc.
3. Getting to Know You Bingo
There’s a reason it’s one of the oldest ice breaker games in the books…it’s highly effective, and people love shouting in triumph when they complete a task! Bingo is a great activity to utilize in cases where you can gather interesting information about attendees prior to the event. These tiny topics help blow conversations wide open and often result in amazing connections between guests. To keep the game from feeling stale, we also like to include a few simple trivia questions and physical challenges.
4. Name Games
Nearly all of us have experienced that agonozing moment – we should know a colleague’s name, but we get caught checking their name badge. The shame! Joking aside, our Name Games actually encourage the name badge stare-down and provide quick and natural conversation starters for even the shyest of guests. The below example utilizes yearbook-style superlatives as a prompt, but the creative options are endlessly customizable.
Ice Breaker Games – Need More Info?
If you’re looking for creative and affordable ways to enhance your upcoming networking event, contact The Event Team today. Our team of experts have been designing memorable and engaging ice breaker games for nearly three decades. We can’t wait to help you and your guests get the party going!