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Published on 14 Jan 2019 by Mark Davenport
Bringing people together from different offices? Holding a busy multi-company conference? When people get together, it can be difficult to encourage general socialising or kick off networking opportunities, especially if they are strangers or team members who don’t work closely together. Icebreakers give attendees a much gentler introduction to each other, without being put on the spot or having to stand up in front of the group. In addition, using our energiser games mid-way through a long, on-going conference is an excellent way to re-energise delegates and refresh them after having been in one place for some time.
Breakthrough the awkward openers and interpersonal barriers with our fantastic team building icebreaker and energiser games. The perfect excuse to get attendees moving and chatting, all while introducing a fun break or start to your business event.
The best way to sum up an icebreaker or energiser is as a short, gamified networking exercise that encourages individuals to talk to each other or learn a bit about each other’s personal strengths or weaknesses. Take our option; Face to Face, this is a direct communication icebreaker that sees team mates learning about each other’s shared interests, forming strong interpersonal bonds and getting to know each other in a more relaxed format.
Whereas our Mexican Railway energiser session sees teams pitted against each other to be the first to build and work their railways. It’s a more physical activity than Face to Face and leaves less time to network, instead focusing on solid teamwork and improved team dynamics.
Even the most social extroverts require a nudge to get going when at a conference or business meeting, especially around people they are unfamiliar with or a larger crowd of attendees. Which stands to reason, as most people need an excuse to come out of their shells and start chatting and socialising with those around them. Once attendees get going, however, it is much easier to interact with those around them which instantly lightens the atmosphere - but getting them started can be the tricky bit.
Team building icebreakers are excellent at bringing people out of their comfort zone in fun, motivating ways and give people an excuse to chat and get to know the people they have been teamed up with. A good icebreaker exercise can instantly relax a room and make attendees feel more comfortable both in themselves and approaching unfamiliar people.
Energisers, as the name suggests, are just that. Designed to re-energise an audience of people that may have been sat for some time in a meeting, conference or talk and help rejuvenate a group that may be feeling a bit tired or talked-out. It’s a great way to clear the minds of attendees and help them feel ready and receptive for the afternoon or second half of their meeting or conference.
Both ice-breaker and energiser activities can be a fantastic way to get attendees motivated and inspired to think out the box, bouncing ideas of their teammates and exploring avenues of thought that they may not have been able to come up with alone. Perfect for pre-brainstorms or before team thought discussions.
As an event director, whether you have a group of 20 or 2000 attendees, the organisation of a team building event can be a lot to handle. This is especially apparent when there are other, more pressing things to be arranged, such as food, drink and delegate comfort; activities like icebreakers and energisers can often fall to the wayside.
When you hire Catalyst Team Building to handle your inter-meeting events or activities, not only will you have a fully trained and knowledgeable team building experts on hand to discuss your needs and requirements. Our team leaders will lead your attendees through the entire experience, giving you more time to handle the small details and take five minutes for yourself.
Our friendly team go above and beyond to deliver fun, motivating icebreaker and energiser experiences that, not only, benefit your attendees but give them a memorable time they will talk about for conferences to come.
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