An icebreaker exercise is an activity held at the beginning of a meeting, training session, team-building event or similar gathering to warm up the participants and help them get acquainted. The activities often get all participants actively involved and help build trust, start conversation or share personal information.
Icebreaker activities encourage communication by starting off with a fun activity that helps everyone relax. The exercise makes participants more comfortable with one another, which may encourage more active participation and open communication. The activity can help participants recognize things they have in common for a greater sense of community. Icebreakers can also focus on a particular topic as a way to introduce the purpose of the meeting or gathering.