Meeting Icebreakers

Get your meetings off to a good start with the right meeting icebreakers. Icebreakers are great at focusing peoples' attention into the room. In your customer service training it can provide a good and fun focus away from dealing with customers problems and issues.

Meeting icebreaker - finding common ground

Useful for

- getting people to relax

- helping people to see that everyone participating in the training is different, but that they all have things in common

- assessing how well they all know each other ( useful in internal courses ) and what the team spirit is like ( useful in any meeting )

You will need

- sheets of flipchart paper,
- a large space, either on the floor or on a large table for drawing large circles.

What you do

On the flipchart draw a central circle, then draw circles connecting into that central circle, one for each participant in the training session.

Hand out slips of paper or the ever handy post-it note to every person in the room. Ask them to introduce themselves by telling everyone three (the number is up to you depending on the time you have available ) things about themselves.

Now the good bit, give them a time limit to come up with as many things as possible that they all have in common. You may want to ban some things, if it is an internal training session, you wont want them to come up with just "we all work for.....",

Alternatively you may want to reinforce the message that they are all part of the same team, and so you can start the ball rolling with that.

Another twist is to see if they come up with that themselves, if they don't you can ask them what that says about teamwork within the company or department.

Top Tip If you do this regularly, it's worth investing in some hula hoops which you can lay on the floor, and get people to stand in their own.

They then get to fill the central circle with post it notes with all that they have in common. People will be really creative with this.

More free icebreaker games
Fun way to start a meeting and find out more about the participants

Guess the question - another fun way to start your customer service training

Play some music to get you all in the mood for your training session

Look here for other games that trainers play

Some tips to help your training sessions

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