About | This ice breaker game promotes interactions among participants before you move them on to more serious matters on the agenda
Goal | Break the ice, at the same time illustrate the importance of effective communication
Emphasis | Ice Breaker, Communication
Items | 3 x 5 index card, double sided tape
Size | 6 or more
Setting | Meeting Room
Time | 20 minutes
- Before the meeting, prepare 3 x 5 index cards with names of famous city. Include easy ones (Paris, London, Tokyo, Rome) as well as some harder ones (Dublin, Helsinki, Manila, Belgrade).
- Have all the participants to stand up and have their backs facing you.
- Get an assistant and stick the index cards on the back of each participants.
- One this is done, have the participants circulate in the room to mingle and ask each other questions.
- The objective of the game is to find out which city you are located (according to the index cards).
- However, participants can only ask close-ended questions, those that can only be answered with either a YES or NO to identify the clues that will help them find out the city on their index card.
- Participants can only ask each person one question and then they have to move on, mingle and ask a different person another one question.
- After circulating for about 5 minutes, stop the game and have each participants guess the city they are located.
- How many questions did they need to ask before arriving at their answers? Find out who ask the least questions and congratulate them.
- Selectively ask participants how the derive their final answer, does not matter if they got it right or wrong.
- How difficult or easy was it to work with only close-ended questions?
- What can they take away from this experience that can be applied to real life situations?
- Movie titles
- Participants name within the group
- Fruits and vegetables
If there are any parts of this game you want to clarify, leave me a comment.