Icebreakers have been invented for a reason, they are there to motivate people, to give a sense of what’s coming and to set the mood to the event you are about to take part in. Mind you icebreakers can and should be used at the beginning, the middle and even at the end of any speech, lecture of even team-building event. Icebreakers for small groups are a little bit different than regular ice breakers and there are a few things you should be mindful of when bringing them to the table.
Warning: Icebreakers for Small Groups Ahead.
Icebreakers for small groups are different than regular ice breaker games for adults as they:
1. Should never concentrate on 1 or 2 people in the group.
2. Should be shorter than regular ice breakers.
3. Have to be well structured and timed.
Icebreakers for small groups are especially important, because small groups are often overlooked when it comes to compensation, attention and general team well being, icebreakers are a nice way of saying:
“Hi we know you are here and want to do something nice for you.”
As a manager, team leader or event planner you should always be looking for ways to improve team dynamic and create a more cohesive team. Since most of the time companies work in teams or groups between 3-12 people icebreakers for small groups can be used during team meeting and even during lunch hour to build stronger relationships and foster trust and cooperation between team members.
Free Game Alert! Tribal Rhythm.
In fact an Icebreaker is one form of team building activities that is easy to arrange and can be easily tested for success.
Amount of people: up to 10 sitting in a circle.
Objective: create a positive atmosphere of listening, interdependence and team work.
Overview: The idea is to create a flow of rhythm within the circle without breaking the beat, if one person makes a mistake everyone starts from the beginning. The end result is the entire circle engaged in an action where each person contributed something but also listened to all the others to be able to maintain a flow.
How it works: The first person begins with an action or a beat and repeats it 5 times. For example: a clap, repeated 5 times.
When he is finished with the first beat, the person sitting next to him in the circle repeats the action of the person that just finished his action, while the first person begins another action and repeats it 5 times, for example: drumming on his stomach.
The second participant is now performing the drumming on the stomach and the third participant starts the clapping of the hands.
If someone in the circle gets it wrong – start again, when the game begins again the person who “got it wrong” is the one that begins.
Once everyone is successful in repeating all the movements then the person who began the circle now becomes a participant and the movements flow to each participant in the circle.
Short discussion: talk about how the success of the entire process depends on the willingness and ability of each member of the circle to participate and give their part accurately with concentration and dedication.
Icebreakers for small groups are a great way for releasing tensions and for finding a way out of the monotony and routine day to day workflow. Team building has proven to improve results and people’s satisfaction with their lives in general. So why not give it a try today?