Throughout the years, we’ve hosted Conference Ice Breakers for all types of different groups small and large. Usually the main objective is to energise and to break the ice between delegates and create an enthused energy in the room full of people who are engaged and keen to hear more. So we thought we’d tell you about our Top Three Conference ice breakers and why they work so effectively.

Right at the top is the superb Haka energiser. With the rugby world cup this year, the Haka is incredibly topical and popular. The beauty of the Haka is that if you are tight on space then it can all be hosted with the delegates not moving out of their seating area, we’ve hosted it in actual theatre auditorium seating before, as long as people can stand up then we’ve got space. It’s a huge impact, our Haka masters are the real deal, they are genuine Maori descendants and the authenticity flows through the whole event. The Haka is incredibly flexible on numbers, from groups as small as 15 right up to 5000 it works just as effectively and can be hosted in as little as 30 minutes. Companies who have hosted the Haka include Dermal Laboratories, Barclaycard, Siemens and Abbott.

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Conference Ice Breakers for Large Groups

Boomwackers are a popular short burst of sound, colour and energy! This is a musical ice breaker that can be hosted in just 15 minutes, just like the Haka, you don’t need any space to host the event so even in the tightest of room layouts, you can be sure of hosting this uplifting event. Everybody gets a Boomwacker and becomes part of the group rhythm and we can host this event for as many as 5000 which creates an incredible sound. Companies who have hosted Boomwhackers include Quintiles, Ignite, Macmillan, Highbury College and Kraft Foods.

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Singing is a popular energiser and ice breaker and Your Song works a treat for uniting your group. It’s often something that people shy away from, they doubt their own abilities to sing but with our superb vocal coaches, we encourage and show how everyone can confidently join in and create a wonderful result. With one group, they enjoyed it so much that the company now have set up their own choir – a tremendous testament to the power of the event! Again we don’t need any space to host this event and can accommodate large and small groups. The energiser can be hosted in as little as 30 minutes and we can customise a song to reflect your objectives. Companies that have hosted Your Song include Faccenda, SOVA, Naomi House and the Society of Local County Clerks.

If you are planning an event and need a superb ice breaker then why not give our team a call on 0800 083 1172 and we can talk you through the range of different events that we can offer your team.

When a client called us on the off chance that we could help them, they couldn’t have known what a fantastic event was waiting for them! The client explained that they wanted to do some kind of Thriller Dance Team Building activity and our company had been recommended to her and could we help? YES, was most certainly the answer!

Our superb Thriller event is hosted by professional experienced dance facilitators and when we arrived at the London venue our Events Director made sure that today’s facilitator was someone who had appeared in the stage show of Michael Jacksons Thriller – it doesn’t get much more authentic than this!

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As with a lot of our events, the afternoon was a complete surprise to the delegates, they had absolutely no idea what they were going to do and we have to be completely honest, when we announced the event there were some delighted faces but there were also faces of complete fear! But that’s what we excel in, taken people who are hesitant, who doubt their abilities and completely transforming them and helping them believe they CAN achieve!

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We quickly put them at their ease by teaching some basic and easy steps, steps that everyone could follow along with – with laughs and smiles along the way! Then after the routine was learnt and everybody felt confident, it was time for the make up! People paired up to apply each others zombie faces and chose their costume accessories for the grand finale of the Thriller Dance!

The zombies lay on the floor all lifeless, the music was played loudly and then slowly and but surely the zombies came to life, up off the floor they staggered and then began to sway in time with the music, each movement becoming more and more funky and in time with each other!

Everyone had a phenomenal time, when the routine finished, the zombie faces and stares were replaced with laughter and applause for each other! The client was delighted and said it was the most fun team building event that they had ever hosted! And we all went home, tired but with a real sense of achievement!

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If you’d like to find out how you can host your very own company thriller dance team building event, then please give our friendly and enthusiastic events team a call and we’ll talk you through the different ‘thrilling’ options we have for you! Call us on 0800 083 1172 for more information.

 

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Corporate Days Out are a great way to revitalise and rejuvenate your team or renew and strengthen your relationship with your clients. Whatever your reason for organising a corporate day out, you can be certain that we can help you – why not fill in our quick contact form and we’ll call you back within an hour.

Take a look at our five most popular events for Corporate Days Out.

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Total Wipeout is always a popular summer team event. There’s nothing more invigorating than bouncing your way over the inflatable games and of course getting a good soaking from all of the foam. Always popular and always producing lots of laughter and a huge surge of team spirit.

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Company Fun Day’s reward not only your employees but their families too and is a fantastic day out. With fun and interactive activities available for the children and adults, this day out really does produce the feel good factor and enhances relationships with your employee’s families.

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Treasure Hunts are a firm favourite and with the ability to host our treasure hunts virtually anywhere in the world, we’re pretty confident to say that we can definately write one for you. None of our treasure hunts are off the shelf, they are all written just for you and your company, so they are fresh, vibrant and of course, FUN!

Thriller energiser

Thriller, we are thrilled, excuse the pun, to host this fabulous Thriller dance event. We’ve hosted it all over the country in hotels, conference centre and even at Pineapple Studios. Learning the Thriller dance can be as short as an hour right up to a full day. Brilliant, you’ll find however, there’s a lot of zombie dancing going on when you’re back in the office.

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Team Apprentice, still a firm favourite and when you think, you could host Team Apprentice anywhere in the UK, or if you fancy a little further afeild, how about completing a task in the Souk at Marrakech or racing around New York City – they’d be pretty cool destinations for your day out!

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We love Corporate Days Out and the great outdoors and even with the unpredictable great British weather, we always seem to be lucky with our events and so that’s why we were excited to host an outdoor Country Pursuits team building event for a client we know and love.

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Working with their team over many years has helped us have a real understanding of what makes their lovely team tick and what we can suggest to maximise their corporate days out events potential.

So, we helped them find a venue and decided on Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire as the perfect location to host the event. The day arrived and as usual there was an excited anticipation of what the group was going to be doing, so when we announced that they were going to be competing in laser clay shooting and archery, and then racing against each other in our exhilarating Honda Pilots and on Quad Bikes, the team were thrilled.

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We split the group up into teams and rotated them around the different activities and everybody threw themselves into the competition with a sheer determination to be the winning team – there was also quite a bit of banter of who were the better drivers, the men or the women and we are not going to cast any judgements on that front!

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Our experienced instructors ensured that everybody was safe and had full instruction so they could really attempt the challenges successfully and we discovered some surprising talents. Our Events Director Jane Chapman was overseeing the whole event, making sure the guests were happy, encouraging them and generally enjoying herself because the event was running so smoothly.

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Then it was over to the results and to announce the winning team, the tension was high, there were groans from the unsuccessful teams but sheer delight from the winning team and they instantly won office bragging rights!

Feedback was terrific, with our client saying many said it was the best event that they had been on – they are definitely looking forward to the next one which is already booked but we can’t tell you what that is because it’s a secret but we are looking forward to more corporate days out with them!

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If you’d like to find out more about our wonderful corporate days out, then why not give us a call. We’ve got a wide range of different activities to suit all types of people and personalities, so you can guarantee that there will be something for everyone.

When one of our favourite clients asked us to kick start their day with a quick conference energiser, we knew we had just the right event for them! Working with them for many years, we know what events will work effectively and motivate their team. Many event organisers have different ideas of how long a ‘quick conference energiser’ will be, some are wanting a 10 minute burst of energy and enthusiasm instilled into their meeting, which is absolutely no problem for us and others, just like this particular client, are looking for a meeting energiser that lasts around 20 minutes – whichever you’re looking for, then it will be no problem for us.

Working closely with our client and taking the time to find out their conference objectives, we all decided that Boomwhackers was the ideal energiser for them. What on earth are Boomwhackers? They are brightly coloured, different length hollow tubes that when tapped on your hands make different sounds. Perfect.

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So at a predetermined time and with a huge whirlwind of excitement our facilitator burst into the conference and instantly transformed the atmosphere in their meeting room. Being easily handled and light the Boomwhackers were quickly distributed in moments to each of the delegates and then they were taught to play their ‘instruments’ – the looks on the delegates faces went from initial bemusement and then quickly were transformed to beaming smiles – you only have to look at the photos to see how much fun everyone was having.

In reality, as long as you have the right person teaching you, Boomwhackers really aren’t difficult to play, if you can clap your hands, you can play a Boomwhacker – it’s as simple as that and it’s all about tapping the boomwhacker at the right time. Our facilitator who is a hugely experience musician and an expert at communicating company messages within the event, split the room into different sections and each section of the room learnt a different rhythm.

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It’s wonderful because each rhythm sounds great but it makes no sense on its own and theta’s when we then cleverly layer the rhythms on top of each other revealing a pulsating and vibrant sound that energises and lifts the room! It perfectly illustrates that yes, you can make progress on your own and create but it’s only when you all work together, share your learning, share your expert ease (however new!) then thats when the best results are achieved, one group working towards a common goal rather than an individual working towards a personal goal.  Naturally our client was delighted with the energiser as we ensured that the conference objectives were weaved into the session and it really did set set the tone for the rest of the meeting which was now enthusiastically embraced by all of the delegates.

We love this quick conference energiser as it’s a great activity that that can be hosted in as little as 20 minutes, your meeting room can be set up in any style whatsoever – even a tightly packed theatre style conference room can successfully host this wonderful meeting icebreaker and we can host it for as many as 5000 delegates, so it’s really, really flexible!

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If you’d like to find out more about hosting your own quick conference energiser then give our events team a call on 0800 083 1172, we’d love to help you with your next event!

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