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Team building is something that all managers, leaders, startups, and entrepreneurs will need to do in their careers, and team building icebreakers are the best way to get started. Whether you are building a team to collaborate on your newest product line, or building a new team of customer service employees, it is very helpful to know how to build an engaged team that people want to be a part of.

Team Building Vs. Strangers Talking

Most of us have been to through some sort of team training, and some of us have had the pleasure of being part of a well-led team that began as a group of strangers and ended as a strong team of friends all working toward the same goal. Still others have had the displeasure of sitting through awkward meet and greet sessions in which no one remembers what was said, and the next day you are still just sitting with a bunch of strangers.

Team Building Icebreakers

The key to effective team building is to use icebreakers that get people talking, laughing, and forgetting about any social jitters in a hurry. Here are two team building icebreakers that work.

Two Truths And A Lie

A fun spin on the typical “stand up and introduce yourself” technique is to have every person in the room write down three things about themselves. Two of the things will be true, and one of the things will not. Then, each person will stand up, introduce themselves, and present their three items. The rest of the team will then discuss and/or take a vote on which of the three items is not true. Sometimes, the person who guesses right the most times will win a prize. Other times, the person who fooled the most people will win.

No matter who “wins”, this game opens people up to tell a room of strangers things they might not otherwise. You would want to put in something very off the wall that is actually true in order to fool the others! Everyone knows a bit more about each other, and everyone is actually engaged in the activity — not just doodling on their notebook.

Don’t Introduce Yourself

Another great twist on having every team member introduce themselves is to split the group into pairs (don’t let friends sit with friends.) Then ask the pairs to talk for 2-5 minutes and learn everything they can about each other.

When the time is up, ask each pair to stand up, and then ask each member of the pair to introduce his/her partner by first giving their name and then telling the group the three biggest things they learned about their partner.

These two exercises help to break the ice on the first day or two of building a team. They create a great environment for further team building icebreakers to build trust have fun! If you would like more exercises for your employees, we at Ilearn2 can help you. We literally have hundreds of team building activities in Learn2’s Library. Contact us today for more information and a free assessment.