7 Ice Breaker Ideas For a More Engaged Event

March 21, 2022 Jessica Stewart

Pulling off an amazing event requires planners to wear many hats. When it comes to corporate conferences and training sessions, the focus must be on participant engagement.

Imagine a room full of professionals. The event can stall right out of the gate if they’re only chatting with people they know. Therefore, getting creative with ice breaker ideas is vital to an event's success.

When you know your audience needs a little prodding to open up and enjoy the moment, try these seven icebreakers.

1. Ice Breaker Ideas Using Name Badges

Corporate events often require attendees to wear name badges. As part of their registration, have attendees share a favorite quote for the "Who Said That?" game. The quote, minus the author, gets printed on the badge.

The goal of the ice breaker is to get attendees to name the author and learn why it's the person's favorite quote. 

2. Instagram Reels

Instagram Reels are all the rage and, in today's event planning, social media gets incorporated in various ways. For this icebreaker, each table must quickly find a trending Reels audio and create their own Reel.

They can create it at their table or in front of backdrops located in the venue. The Reels are posted to the events Instagram page, and attendees vote on their favorite Reels using the heart button.

3. Where I'm From

“Where I'm From” ice breakers are great for global and virtual conferences. Attendees share three unique things about their hometown, state, or country. Then, other attendees must guess where they're from.

4. College Gameday

Not every professional attended college, but most have a favorite college team. Participants provide the college mascot, and others ask for clues to name the correct school. 

5. Don't Call a Thing a Thing

Ice breaker ideas that get people to guess an answer are always popular. In this ice breaker, the goal is to share something of interest without calling it by its name. 

For example, you love your dog, but you can't say “dog.” Or you want to travel to space one day without naming planets. 

6. It's All in the Hashtag

Icebreakers for adults can be as serious or silly as you want them to be. In this ice breaker, participants ask each other questions. No matter the answer, the response is given as a hashtag. 

The game is a play on a social media trend that originated on Twitter

7. Sing the Lyrics

For our last icebreaker idea, come up with ten songs that everyone should know. Play popular snippets for about 10 to 15 seconds. If the participants recognize the lyrics, they stand up and sing along. 

Get creative and choose songs associated with popular dance moves.

Let's Break the Ice

Using creative ice breaker ideas at your next event is sure to get people talking. Stay abreast of what's trending and use it to engage your audience.

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