What tattoo would you get if you could? Draw it.
3 things about yourself that people don’t know about you. We put these in a bag and people had to guess who the person is.
What if questions: These help to get the brain going, create conversations
- What if women made as much $ as men
- What if 96% of the chief executives for the Fortune 500 were women (currently 4.2%)
- What if Men made .76 to every $1.00 women made
- What if Harvard hired 79% female faculty (currently 21%)
- What if women made up 50% (or 90%) of politicians?
- What if the media portrayed women as strong, empowered and smart (instead of sex objects)
- What if we were born with 3 arms?
- What if we only had to sleep 2 hours?
- What if we had to move to a new location every 5 years?
- What if there were no longer cars?
- What if….
Asked people to write down why they joined the group (AAUW for instance or AAA board) and Why they are still involved
Do Eleanor Roosevelt quotes (every one drew one) and what it meant to that person.
What’s up with me. Groups of 3 or 4. 2 minutes to talk about “what’s up with me.” Other people in group just listen, no remarks. Helps to warm room up quickly, getting to hear a bit about your neighbor.
Bean Bag Toss:
Groups of 6-8. 4-5 bean bags per group (or small balls—easy to catch). Get in circle. One person starts and throws ball to a person and calls their name, that person tosses to another and says their name, ball continues around circle. Each person tosses ball to the same person. Once the pattern is set, add a second ball, keeping same pattern, and third ball and fourth ball—ect. Point—how a team works and what happens when more and more work piles up. Great discussion.
Take a picture (I used the advertisement for Alaska Airline) or build an object (can get different materials like pipe cleaners and stars ect). Break into teams of 3-4. Appoint a “runner”. The “runner” gets to see the picture or object (no one else) and has to go back to the group and describe it. The group tries to replicate the hidden picture or object.
The Big Book of Icebreakers: Edie West
The Big Book of Team Building Games: John Newstron & Edward Scannell
Quick Team Building Activities for Busy Managers: Brian Cole Miller
Other: go to YouTube and do a search on Team Building or Ice Breakers.