A Useful And Effective Icebreaker - CiteHR
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Find Ten Things in Common

I've used this icebreaker as an ideal opener for a training programme which has shared activities. This team building icebreaker is fast, easy, and fun.


1.Divide the meeting participants into groups of four or five people by having them number off. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.)

2.Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to find ten things they have in common, with every other person in the group, that have nothing to do with work. (Tell them to avoid common things such as legs, arms, body parts and no clothing).

This helps the group explore shared interests more broadly.

3.Tell the groups that one person must take notes and be ready to read their list to the whole group upon completion of the assignment.

4.Ask for a volunteer to read their whole list of things in common first. Then, ask each group to share their whole list with the whole group. Because people are your best source for laughter and fun, the reading of the lists always generates a lot of laughter and discussion. You can also catch the drift of the conversation in the small groups based on the transitions made from item to item.

This team building icebreaker takes 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the number of groups. However, at the end of it you would find the participants all charged up and receptive for your subsequent sessions.

Try it out, the next time you have a training session…..



hi rejeev,
I'm new to soft skill training, however i've done lots of product training in leading companies.
I want to become a certified trainer and also learn more training games, etc., can u guide me in this regard.

thanx Rajeev.........thats a good one !!! am waiting to play this game with my next batch !! would love to know abt some more ...... regards
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