Playing an ice-breaker game relieves tension and finds similarities between people in a group of strangers. Games are great conversation inducers, so use an ice-breaking game if you are throwing a meet-and-greet with neighbors or want co-workers to get to know each other. Ice-breaker games typically don't require a lot of tools; only a few rules and willing participants.
Guess the Celebrity Game
A fun way to generate conversation at the next neighborhood mixer is to play a "guess the celebrity" game. The game's object is to guess what celebrity name is written on the sticker on your back. You ask other guests yes or no questions about your celebrity.
Purchase a pack of "Hello, my name is ____" sticker nametags and write the name of a popular, mainstream celebrity in the blank. Place the sticker on guest's back as they arrive. Don't let them see who is on their sticker but simply explain the rules of the game and set your guests free.
Give the group 15 minutes to find out which celebrity they have stuck on their back and encourage mingling by introducing groups of people to each other. The first person to guess their celebrity wins a door prize.
Two Truths and One Lie
Provide the perfect opportunity for people to get to know each other playing two truths and one lie ice-breaker game. Ask each guest to write down their name and three statements about themselves---the only problem is that one statement should be a lie. The game's object is to figure out which statement is a lie.
Gather your group into a circle and ask each person to read their statement card. It's up to the group to determine which statement is a lie. Participants can ask questions about the statements but can't ask if the statement is an outright lie.
"If I Were A..." Game
Reach the groups' creative side with this imaginative, thought-provoking game. Create four or five scenarios and ask each participant how they would answer the question and why. Examples are, "which piece of fruit would you be and why," "what historical figure would you be and why," "what household object would you be and why" and "what cartoon character best represents you and why?"
Write your questions on a poster board and place it in front of the group. Explain that each member has to answer the question aloud along with their explanation. After you've received answers from each group member, provide a 15-minute mingle time so group members can discuss the answers.
Gina Ragusa has made a career out of writing for the past 15 years, with an emphasis on financial institution writing. Ragusa has written for Consumer Lending News, Deposit and Loan Growth Strategies and Community Bank President. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.