How to un-boring my meetings?
July 11, 2012 5:19 AM Subscribe
What is the most awesome meeting icebreaker / energizer that you have ever heard of and / or participated in?
posted by allkindsoftime to work & money (32 answers total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
My job has in the last year or so required a lot more time spent as a meeting facilitator. I've found that there are times that you need to kick-off a meeting or session with a fun activity that gets people settled in (icebreaker). Perhaps even more importantly, there are the post-lunch doldrums that I often need to shake people out of with something more exciting than "EVERYBODY STAND UP AND STRETCH!" (energizer)
Icebreaker example: having everyone write 3-5 trivia items about themselves then the rest of the group guesses at who the person in question is. (kinda boring, but its one of the best I've got)
Energizer example: "Lion Hunting" - we all stand up and imitate the motions of picking up our hunting rifle, slinging it on our back, pushing through the bush (getting people to wave their arms in front of them), fording the river (getting people to high-step while holding the imaginary rifle above their head), crouching down when we see the lion, then firing our rifle. The joke is then that we "missed" and have to rush back through all the previous motions in rapid order.
Basically I'm looking for better-than-average, fun but fairly short activities that a group of business persons could engage in during a meeting / conference, with minimal props or pre-preparation needed. Everything I've been finding with google-fu is pretty lame.
What have you?