There are plenty of great resources online if you are looking for free training energizers and activity ideas that you can download and re-use.

Free training energizers and ice breakers for meetings and training

1. Free 54-page eBook with 25 Corporate Training Activities

Let’s get started by first reminding you of the completely free eBook you can download from us here at Symonds Training.

Designed by our CEO Dr Valeria Lo Iacono, this eBook is a great resource to draw on if you need an activity such as an ice-breaker for training employees or corporate staff.

Just use the form below and you will receive a link to instantly download the eBook.

Free Training activities and ice breakers PDF

2. Ice Breakers from Symonds Research

We are Symonds Training and our Free Ice breakers are not a bad place to start if you are looking for ideas for games and activities that you can use as you wish, in your own training sessions.

You can find our FREE Ice Breakers here.

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3. Lottery Win Game

If you find the idea of winning the lottery (or Lotto in the USA and other countries) then the Symonds Training ‘Lottery Win Game‘ is recommended for team building.

The basis of this particular team-building game is to, in essence, evaluate how people would spend their winnings, and then, as the trainer, to list the answers into logical groups, to ascertain what the main motivations are that the group would have for winning the money.

If you are looking for an icebreaker activity that tends to really get participants engaged and in a good mood, then the ‘Follower and Avoider Game’ is one of our favorites.

Attempting to follow one person around the room whilst trying to avoid the person following you, always leads to great laughter and fun. Some of the very best icebreakers are the simplest to organize and run.

4. EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) Activities

In this day and age, very careful attention does need to be given to cultural sensitivities.

In this respect, you need to pay attention to things such as avoiding the need for anyone to be put in a position where they could be embarrassed in front of colleagues.

Likewise, care and attention should be paid to participants with various cultural backgrounds.

If you are interested in intercultural communications skills training materials, by the way, then you will find more information here on diversity, inclusion and equality training packages for trainers.

Intercultural communication training course materials
>> Learn more here

5. Time Management – 7 Free Training Energizers

Our Time Management training course materials are very popular and activities and games in this topic area might be really handy for you.

In this post below we have 7 free time management training activities that you can look at and use for free if you wish.

I cannot emphasize enough that any free energizer activities or training games you do include in the training you offer, must tie in with the topic and goals of the teaching.

This may seem obvious to say but I very often see training used without proper thought regards to how they integrate into the topic being taught.

>> This is an issue that I talk about in the Train the Trainer Course that I offer that you can study online.

6. The Who Am I Training Game

This is a variation of the ‘Who Am I’ game that can be a great free training game for those of you teaching team building.

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>> The ‘Who Am I’ activity

7. What’s in Common Teambuilding Icebreaker

Another activity that I love using and that is always popular with the participants is the What’s in Common game.

It brings out interesting facts about the participants and it can really lighten the mood and act to create a good atmosphere in the training room.

8. The Tower Games Icebreaker

Objective

This activity is an icebreaker aimed at letting participants get to work together and have fun, especially at the start of the training day. This is also a great team-building activity.

Instructions

Split the participants into small teams of 3, 4 or 5 people, depending on the size of the group. If need be you can have larger groups.

Give each group some props such as:

  • A long piece of string or rope
  • a pack of playing cards
  • 10 long pieces of pasta (or 10 pencils or anything small and long)
  • Any other props you decide that you wish to use

When the activity starts, ask the groups to build the largest possible tower they can and give them 10 minutes to do this.

They have to construct the tallest freestanding structure they possibly can in 10 minutes.

Reflection Time

After measuring the towers with a ruler and after declaring the winning group, then move to a 5 or 10-minute group discussion.

What strategies worked and which didn’t? What did they learn? How did they work together as a team? Did they learn anything that is relatable to their work and teamwork?

9. The Active Listening Storytelling Game

Objective

To show the importance of active listening and the focus it takes to achieve active listening.

Instructions

Depending on the number of people in the training, you can get participants to form one large circle, or have a couple of circles. Try to have at least 5 people in each circle though.

Give each circle a theme to talk about. It can be anything such as:

  • Why work is fun
  • A place I’d like to visit
  • Today’s weather

The topic can be anything. You can also give them no topic and let the first person just say any sentence to get started.

In each circle (or one circle) have one person start by saying a single sentence.

The person to their left will now continue the narrative by adding another sentence to create a logical story.

This story continues with each person to the left adding to the story.

You can have the story continue around the circle by continuing to go around the circle 2 or 3 times if you wish.

After 2 or 3 times going around the circle, have one person summarise the overall story.

Reflection Time

The lesson here is that you have to listen very carefully in order to take in what is being said. In other words, you have to actively listen!

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