Get to Know You Icebreaker
One of the most difficult things to do initially at a women’s retreat has to be getting women comfortable with those they don’t know well. As a child, it always upset me when the adults in charge would make me sit by someone I don’t know. Oh, I understand why they did it, but I sure didn’t like it.
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Now, when organizing women’s retreats, I want the same thing for the ladies those adults wanted for us when we were children – I want them to branch out and know more people. One of the points of Loving Christ Ministries is for each one to expand her network of support. However, I don’t want anyone to feel so uncomfortable they dread the ‘getting to know you’ time. I always make sure that when icebreakers are over, they are free to move back and sit by whomever they want. Of course, at your own event, you are welcome to do what works best for you.
This Get to Know You game worked perfectly to get the ladies up and moving and talking to each other, even the ones they didn’t know. The questions are meant to be thought provoking but not too personal or too difficult in order to keep conversation going.
What you need:
- Container to hold questions
What to do first:
- Print out several different ‘Get to Know You’ questions (use ours or create your own)
- Cut each question out in strips, fold them up, and put them in the container
- Have each lady draw a question
To play the game:
- Tell the ladies that they need to ask the question they drew to as many ladies as possible in the given time limit. They should introduce themselves briefly before asking the question.
- Each should write down the person’s name and a brief summary of the answer.
- Decide on a time limit for asking questions. We used 5 minutes for a small group of 15, but if you have many more it would probably be best to give at least 10 minutes.
- When time is called, have each lady share their name, their question, and some of the answers they received.
Click here for a free PDF printable with the questions we used. You can print these and cut them in strips or use your own questions.
Be sure and offer “prizes” for participating and for the winners. We’ve offered the actual prize after an activity or extra tickets to go in a bucket for door prizes later. These items always make popular door prizes at our events:
- Mandisa CD
- Michael W. Smith CD
- Max Lucado Glory Life: Living Your Promised Land Life Now (we used this as a grand prize)
- Moleskine Ruled Notebook/Journal
- The Devotional for Women
- Scriptures and Meditations for Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
- Fireproof DVD (Such a faith-filled movie! It’s always a popular prize)
- Tickets for Door Prizes (in case you want to have door prize drawings at certain times rather than a prize after every activity)
Most of all, have fun!
If you’d like to check out some of the other icebreakers we use, try these links: