January 18, 2018

Meeting Icebreaker: The Alphabet Game

This meeting icebreaker is out of what I call my bag of tricks. I use it instead of a break if the group has gotten off track or seems to be losing energy and needs a change of pace. It becomes a 5-6 minute break without having folks leave the room and then having to gather everyone back together. Try it! Divide the room up into groups of 4 or 5 (which means you’ll need at least 8 people to make it work). Everyone should have a pen and paper for quick note-taking and brainstorming, but one member is assigned to be the scribe for each group.

Dave Kelly - Meeting Icebreaker The Alphabet Game

Write the alphabet down the left side of the page. (It’s okay to sing the alphabet song and ‘LMNOP’ is not one letter!)

When the 2 minute clock starts each group must come up with one thing for every letter that someone in group has on them or with them in the room at that time. Members are not allowed to run out to the car or to the hallway to get something, it has to be on them or with them in the room and this time! It must be provable and they must be willing to show it! GO!

PENS DOWN AFTER 2 MINUTES.

Whichever group completed the most out of 26 gets to read their list. The other members get to vote on any item they want to see or see proof of and then vote it up or down. If there’s a tie, both groups get to read and something may get voted off to break the deadlock.

SIDE NOTE: This can lead to some good discussion. While training student leaders at one school one group listed everyone ad having a “soul….” and that ignited a debate that’s way outside of the subject of this post.

The winners get cheers and applause and you can give out prizes or just bragging rights. Either way, you learn a lot about your classmates and infuse some new energy and focus into your meeting. This icebreaker also works well after a break to bring the room back together and dispel any scattered, after-break energy.

Here’s to better meetings!
Dave

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