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Some Fun and Practical Icebreakers to Start Your Wellington Conference

Wellington is one of the best locations to hold a convention and there are plenty of reasons why. For starters, Wellington has some of the best venues you can find. Most importantly, there is a venue for every price range.

However, it’s not just the city that is going to make your convention a success. There’s more to it than just the location of your event. With some simple and creative ideas you can easily make your convention stand out and we are here to help! Here are some great tips to get you started.

Set the scene 

Setting the scene involves a lot more than choosing a good conference and meeting venue in Wellington. You’ll need a few “icebreakers” to get things started. In fact, icebreakers are a standard feature in many conventions. The whole idea behind an icebreaker is to get your delegates or attendees to socialise and become comfortable with each other before the actual conference sessions start.

Before you come up with an icebreaker, get a clear idea of what the objective of the conference is and what kind of crowd you are dealing with. The icebreaker must be relevant. Here are a few icebreaker ideas you could try at your next Wellington conference. 

• 2 Truths & a Lie: The ‘2 Truths and a Lie’ game involves a person who has to come up with a 2 true facts and a lie about themselves. The others have to guess which ones are the true facts and which one is the lie. 

• Find the Person: The ‘Find the Person’ game involves giving the attendees random visiting cards. Each attendee has to locate the person mentioned in the visiting card and introduce him or herself to them. This is a great networking game and also, a great way to break the ice. 

• Question ball: For this you’ll need a ball; ideally a football or a basketball. What you need to do is come up with ice-breaker type of questions that can be both, formal and informal. Then, write these questions on the ball and toss it around. The person who catches the ball must answer the question on which their index finger lands on. This allows attendees to get to know each other while keeping things fun and entertaining.

• Human bingo: Prepare standard 5 by 5 matrices, with each of the matrices containing either a personal or business related statements. Now, the players must move around interviewing each other and asking them to cancel out the statements that apply to them. The player who cancels out every statement is considered the winner. Like question ball, this game also allows attendees to know more about each other. 

These are just a few examples and you can always come up with your own ideas for appropriate icebreakers. However, make sure the meeting room venues you hire in Wellington can accommodate your icebreaking plans. Some icebreakers might require props or special arrangements. 

If you’re on the hunt for a great conference venue in Wellington, then Te Papa Venues is a fantastic option. Te Papa Venues is a Wellington function venue that will fit your budget and meet your exact requirements. For bookings or queries contact the Te Papa functions team via the website www.tepapa.govt.nz/ConferencesAndFunctions/Documents/default.html.

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