Chapter 2

The 12 Best Ice Breaker Games in Ranking Order

We've put together the ultimate best ice breaker games list. It's even in ranking order. Also includes instructions!

There are literally hundreds of ice breaker games that you could play with your team. I've basically written the book on ice breaker games by now (40,000 words and counting). So, to save you from going crazy trawling lists all day - here are what we think are the 12 best ice breaker games ever, seriously.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Also, remember that we have dedicated chapters to different ice breakers for different contexts (ie, meetings, large groups, small groups, etc).

Enjoy!

1. Random fact

For many people, their aversion about speaking in public isn’t necessarily with talking in public but talking about themselves. A way to break the ice on that is to ask them to share a random piece of trivia that they know.

This is an effective icebreaker because everyone has that one random fact that they somehow know and it takes a lot of the pressure off of trying to think of something interesting about themselves. It’s an easy way to get everyone involved and gives people a chance to say something without feeling too self-conscious.

2. Two truths and a lie

A classic icebreaker game, two truths and a lie have long been used as a way to get the conversation going and to have some fun while you’re at it. All you need to do is have everyone share with the rest of the team two facts about themselves and a believable lie. Next, everyone then has to discuss and vote on what they think is the truth and what is the lie.

It’s recommended that you don’t suddenly spring this kind of icebreaker on people as some, especially those who consider themselves introverted or shy, find it distressing to suddenly be in the spotlight.

Sidestep this problem by giving everyone some notice that you’re going to be playing this game. Besides giving people some time to prepare and be more creative with their answers, this team icebreaker also gives introverts time to mentally prepare for this type of activity.

3. First job lessons

Whether it’s a fond memory or an unfavourable one, everyone remembers their first job. Asking your team what their first job was and what the biggest lessons they learnt from it can be an excellent way to gain a better grasp of who they are.

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We hope you've liked our list of the best ice breaker games.

Try these out and let me know how you go.

Is there one that we've missed that should definitely be in our top 12 ice breaker games?

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