Top icebreaker activities for networking events

Growing your network without the awkwardness

You’re not the only one who finds networking events awkward. It’s uncomfortable and challenging to network with complete strangers.

So, how do you make it easier for everyone? Icebreaker activities!

Icebreakers are excellent for warming up the room and helping people get to know each other. Let’s take a look at how to create a range of printable resources guaranteed to engage and get everyone mingling and having a great time.

Why icebreakers are important

The beginning of any workshop or networking event is critical to its success, especially if people don’t know each other beforehand. This is where you might need an icebreaker. Whether it's in-person or online, carving out time for something fun and interactive at the start of an event helps people feel at ease and be open to contributing their ideas throughout the session. Let’s take a look at some icebreakers you can use at your next event.

Picture Match

Picture Match involves participants pairing up based on a set of matching pictures. As each person enters the room, give them a sticker with a picture on it. Without looking, they must place it somewhere on their body so that everyone except them can see it. Somewhere on their back or upper arm is probably best.

Once everyone has their picture on display, they must try and figure out what it is by asking yes or no questions. For example, I might start off by asking one person if I’m a living thing, then another, if I live underwater. Each time I ask a new question, I must move onto someone new. This process continues until the picture has been guessed correctly. Only then can I begin to look for my matching picture and person within the room.

Human Bingo

For this activity, you’ll need to create and print a bingo box. This icebreaker is similar to bingo except the numbers have been replaced with personal statements.

The object of the game is to try and fill three connecting boxes using the names of people in the room. A player can only write down a name once they find someone who identifies with that particular statement.

Let’s say I asked Judy if she’s visited Bali and she said she’s been five times. Now I know her name, something about her and I’m on my way to calling bingo. This is an excellent way to help people get to know each other.

Create your own icebreakers

Have you ever wondered why the jokes in Christmas crackers are so bad? It’s by design and actually brings everyone together by creating something everyone has in common – the eye-rolling, groaning reaction to the bad joke.

Icebreakers should create a similar feeling of commaraderie and togetherness, bad jokes are optional, although potentially a good idea for an icebreaker too. If you’re planning an in-person event, remember you can create and print whatever you need right from the Canva editor.

And if you want a more in-depth guide to icebreakers, check out our video guide.

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