Stop pulling teeth! - Ice breaker activities for big group meetings

How can we avoid those painful awkward silences in meetings and ceremonies with large groups (big room planning, inspect & adapt/multiple team retrospectives, etc)? How can we get better participation and discussion in these meetings so that more than just the extroverts and senior team members participate? Do an ice-breaker activity! 

By getting people to move, interact, work together, and even have some friendly competition we raise the level of energy in the room and break down some introverted inhibitions. Feel less like you are pulling teeth to get people to speak up and participate. Improve the quality and depth of your discussions by getting perspectives from more team members regardless of their title or tenure.

In this lightning round we'll do a kick-off ice-breaker activity that can be used to start a large group meeting. We'll also share and discuss other ideas for group games and activities. 

 
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Quick workshop that would mirror how attendees could kick off their own large group meeting with a fun group activity/game. I will quickly explain the benefit of doing a fun group activity to start a large group meeting and then move right into explaining the game we will play, play it, and if time allows open up a discussion about other games, activities, and resources that people can use to bring these kind of "ice breakers" back to their work.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will come away with new ideas of games/activities that can be used as "ice breakers" to improve group participation in large group meetings.

Target Audience

Anyone who facilitates, leads, or attends large group meetings. Scrum Masters, RTEs, Executives, etc

Prerequisite

Come willing to interact, have some friendly competition, get to know other attendees a little better, and have fun!

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