Sometimes it’s challenging to break the ice, to get conversation flowing and make people feel comfortable at functions. This is a problem that we have seen so often at conferences, meetings, workshops, weddings and parties. Social anxiety, stress or a number of emotions can become overwhelming when you walk into a room filled with new people, so we designed this super engaging function deck which will allow you to create a good vibe for everyone that walks through your function door.
Our Function Deck can be used at any event or meeting including weddings, birthday parties, team days or coaching sessions. They will enable you to create a safe and fun environment for all attendees at your next function. The main goal of these cards is to encourage all participants to meet new people, feel safe, be present and challenge individuals to step outside of their comfort zones but to most of all, have fun!
Animal pairing activity
To start the event, each player will have a card which has an animal on it. All participants must keep their animal a secret, and when the function leaders give the go-ahead, participants must make the noise of the animal on their card. The aim is for them to find their partner who has the same animal card only by using the animal sounds. It is a great way to break the ice with any group, as well as making random pairs.
Four Colour Groups
Depending on the size of the group, you can make different groups by using the colours at the bottom of each card. After you have played the animal pairing activity, you can play the colour game grouping participants into either red, yellow, green or blue groups. From there, you can create whatever sized groups you need for the rest of the function.
What’s inside the deck
Inside the deck, you will find forty different challenges that need to be completed during the function. Each participant is given a card at the start of the function, and their mission is to complete the challenge by the time the function is finished. As previously mentioned, these cards can play a huge role in breaking the ice and helping people make new meaningful connections while feeling comfortable with people they may not have previously met. It is important that you have enough cards to ensure that everyone at the function has their card.
Different ways to use the cards
- Lay a card next to each name tag or place cards where they will be seated so that each person has a different mission.
- Organise pairs with different animals and/or groups with different colours for any function.
- Select a mission card on the first day of the month, at weekly team meetings or at group functions to help break the ice and make people feel comfortable.
- Select a mission card when you find people are not mingling at your function. Watch what happens when you infuse more of that quality creative play and human connection into the function.
- Select a mission card when you’re struggling with a group of people to explore how fun qualities can ease the group’s relationships.
About the Creators
Dale Sidebottom has been referred to as the energiser bunny of the presenting world. With his love of play, fun fitness, energy and passion for getting people moving, Dale is the creator of Jugar Life, Energetic Education, Fitness Games Zone, 30 plus mobile movement apps as well as the top rating podcast Energetic Radio. Dale has created a unique blend of fun, play, teamwork, wellness and movement into his keynotes, seminars and conferences which he has presented in over 20 countries around the world.
Jugar Life travels the globe running workshops, seminars and keynotes around the benefits of play, wellness and human connection in schools, workplaces and everyday life. If you would like to discuss the possibilities of a workshop in the future and discover what other outstanding resources we have in addition to these cards, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org