Teambuilding Icebreakers and why they work – kicking off a successful event with Brooks Rehabilitation
“ Just Add Rhythm did a fantastic job opening up our leadership conference. The activity helped to get everybody motivated and excited for the rest of the day…they did a great job incorporating our Rethink Leadership theme into the icebreaker activity helping to frame the rest of the conference for our management team.” – Kirssis Rullan, Brooks Rehabilitation
Could your organization benefit from a teambuilding icebreaker? If so, these activities can be the perfect way to kick off the day with energy and smiles.
Recently we offered Brooks Rehabilitation
a teambuilding icebreaker for their annual managers retreat. Their goal was to provide their attendees with a high-energy activity right off the bat. They wanted their group fired up. And, they wanted to encourage attendees to think outside the box and look at ideas and concepts from a new perspective.
Rhythmic activities that include drumming and hand percussion are the perfect fit for this type of event. Here’s why:
Drumming and rhythm are highly accessible
Most people can play a drum with little instruction needed. And unlike other instruments, it’s pretty simple to get a satisfying sound out of a drum. Even babies know how to hit a drum!
Accessibility means you can get people having fun right off the bat. Our motto is “zero to drumming in 60 seconds!” So, no complicated explanation means more time for fun.
It’s a naturally high-energy activity
You’ve spent months planning an event for your organization. So what better way to make sure everyone gets psyched about it? Teambuilding icebreakers that use rhythm are always high-energy. The drum rolls, the playful interactions, and the sound of hundreds of people drumming are infectious. And the smiles will continue throughout the day!
It highlights the theme and messages for your event
Drumming together creates opportunities for workplace metaphors. The theme for Brooks Rehabilitation’s event was “re-thinking leadership.” Our icebreaker incorporated that theme in several ways. First, we invited people to the front to lead the group. Then, we divided into 4 groups, each playing a different rhythm, and played different combinations of those rhythms together. Finally, we created a rhythm out of the phrase “think outside the box” and invited people to play their own version of it. As they played, they noticed how their rhythm fit in with everyone else’s around them.
Whether you’re planning a conference, retreat, or meeting, we’re confident you’ll want to include a high-energy teambuilding icebreaker into the mix. Check out photos in the gallery below, and take a look at the recording of our Facebook Live video from the event (make sure to check out the second video as well)!
Interested in an icebreaker for your next event? Reach out to us!