This is a great way to let a large group of people get to know each other on an individual basis.
It requires no set up or materials, so it’s cheap and easy to implement. All you do is ask everyone to go around the room and speak with at least 10 different people (if it’s a smaller group, such as 15 people, you can go ahead and let each person approach everyone, as it will not be too time consuming). The purpose of this exercise is to get people to open up with one another.
Therefore, you should probably give everyone a few ideas as to which topics they might want to use to get their conversation started, or what questions might be good ice breakers for each pair. If you have some shy members in your group, or ones that have problems with public speaking, in general, then this mini-mixer will give them the opportunity to come out of their shell a bit.
At the end of the mixer, you might want to take this ice breaker game one step further, and gather everyone in a group to discuss the game. Have everyone mention something that they thought was interesting about one of the other members, or a fact about that person that surprised them.
This is one of the ice breaker games that are ideal for the first day on the job or for students to really get to know each on the first day of high school or college. If you’re a new manager, then you might want to try this, in order for you to learn about your employees and for them to get a chance to get to know you.