Breaking the Ice: Part 2 & Template!
With all the great responses we have been receiving to our previous template posts, we wanted to keep the ball rolling. We have created a new template for fun icebreaker activities!
When working in a team setting, whether remote or not, it is always better to know your fellow teammates before starting a new project together. Getting involved in icebreakers activities will increase the team building process to create better relationships in the long run.
Find the template at the bottom of this post to try out these activities with your team!
Types of Icebreakers
If you remember in our icebreaker blog post that was created in the beginning of the year, icebreakers are activities or games that are usually done at the start of a meeting.
There are different types of icebreakers to be used for different purposes. For instance, it can be used to warm up the team before getting down to business or to simply make a boring meeting more fun!
You can also use icebreakers to introduce the topic or purpose of the meeting. Creating a group exercise before an important discussion, will give everyone a chance to stay focused and fully understand the reason of the meeting.
What Will Icebreaker Games Do for Your Team?
Successfully finishing a project without knowing how your teammates work or what their strengths and weaknesses are, can be a big challenge. Setting an open atmosphere straight from the beginning, will help your teammates get to know each other and feel free to express themselves. With the help of icebreakers, building a strong bond with your teammates will be easier to create better communication and trust.
Icebreakers also gets everyone involved, giving a chance for the more introverted individuals to speak up. More involvement from the participants will also create a better learning atmosphere and get the team energized.
These activities aren’t solely for teams that do not know each other. It is also great for teams to strengthen already made bonds with coworkers.
There are endless amounts of icebreakers that teams can use to increase their communication.
You can create an activity where your team has to share pictures with one another based on a specific theme. For example, one meeting can have a pet theme where your group will have to share pictures of their pets. Participating in this exercise will give your team members a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level.
You can also create an exercise where everyone has to answer about themselves. You can ask open-ended questions like, what’s your favorite … or what if … questions, or completely random questions. For example, if you were stranded on an island, name 3 things you would bring with you. Keep in mind that these questions should be kept fun and light. Can’t think of any good questions, check out this list for inspiration!
Answering a few trivia questions is also a great way to break the ice at the start of a meeting. You can ask multiple choice questions or true or false statements. The topic of each question is up to you, but you can start with company based questions and end with random facts questions.
Now that you know why you should use icebreakers, click on the template above and start one with your team! Whether you have a small or large group, you can use the three different sections that have already been created in the template to bring open communication and fun!