Planning a conference is stressful. Not only does everything need to go right from a logistical perspective, but you also need to ensure that conference attendees enjoy themselves and feel like the conference was a valuable use of their time and resources.
While it's impossible for you to personally ensure that all conference attendees have good time at your conference, you can take steps to assist in that aim.
One of the main reasons that people attend conferences is for the opportunity to interact and network with other people relevant to their industry. However, it can be difficult for some people to simply start talking to people they don't know. That's where ice breakers can prove to be quite useful.
Quick Icebreakers for Meetings
Ice breakers can be challenging, because they need to balance getting conference attendees out of their comfort zone without being too uncomfortable. A few examples include:
- Two truths and a lie - where everyone in a circle has to guess which is the truth and which is the lie. This is a great way to introduce members of a panel or other speakers at the conference in an informal setting.
- Would you rather - questions that make people choose between two different scenarios. Ideally, these will relate in some way to the topic of the conference, and could be used as a point of conversation by others later on.
- Interview and introduction - have people pair off and spend 5 or 10 minutes interviewing one another. Each person then "introduces" the other to the group. This is a great way to quickly learn about one other person while learning a bit about everyone else in the group as well.
Be creative, and remember that the ultimate goal is to get people talking and networking with one another!