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10 Worst Corporate Icebreakers


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Wordless Noise Games
Blindfolds and groping. Never a good idea in a corporate setting.
Blindfolds and groping. Never a good idea in a corporate setting.
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In what is perhaps the pinnacle of ludicrous icebreakers, this game asks everyone to find their partner or group, not with words, but with noises. Many variations exist, including the following:

  • Everyone is assigned an animal and must make its animal noise to find others assigned the same animal. In addition to monkeys and cats, the game suggests participants be assigned the kangaroo. How many of us know what sound the kangaroo makes?
  • Every participant gets a card with a picture of a dog on it and must start making the noise of the dog on the card (e.g., yaps for small dogs, growls for mean-looking dogs and deep barks for big dogs) to find partners.
  • Everyone gets a card with a vehicle on it, such as a sports car, truck or old jalopy. Using the noise they think that vehicle would make, they find others assigned the same cars.

Another variation is to blindfold the participants during the activity, requiring them to grope around while seeking out the right noises. Blindfolds and groping in the workplace -- an excellent recipe for a sexual harassment case.

Next, we're sending a shout out to an icebreaker that isn't quite the scream that its name implies.