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How to Do Icebreakers for LARGE GROUPS: Name Tag Activity Demo

Last updated: February 23, 2024

I recently hosted a meetup, and I want to share this fantastic icebreaker strategy that took the event to a whole new level.

It’s all about the magic of different color name tags—trust me; it works like a charm.

So, picture this: about 25 eager faces in the room, all here for a community gathering.

Video Walkthrough

Check out this 4-minute video for a glimpse of how I run icebreakers for big groups.

Can’t see the video? Watch it here on YouTube: How to Do Icebreakers for LARGE GROUP

The Importance of Name Tags

My goal is to create an atmosphere where everyone could connect, share, and make meaningful connections. And how did I achieve that?

With color-coded name tags, of course!

The plan was simple: everyone looks down at their name tag, notices the color, and forms a group with others sporting the same hue.

Then, the fun begins—a three-step introduction:

  • Their name
  • What they’re working on,
  • Something fun they enjoy

The idea was to connect on both a professional and personal level, creating a space where attendees could share their work and discover common interests.

And what happened next was pure magic! Attendees self-sorted into their color-coded groups, creating a dynamic atmosphere filled with buzzing conversations.

My goal was to get people moving, talking, and forming connections.

People were genuinely engaging, sharing stories, and making connections that went beyond the typical networking event chatter.

Which name tags to buy? I like the Avery 5154s and Cualfec. See my favorites here.

Conclusion & More Videos

As I watched attendees form connections and self-sort into groups, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of fulfillment. In a world that often craves authentic connections, sometimes all it takes is a colorful idea to turn an event into a platform for genuine interactions.

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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