Starting conversation with strangers is hard, but a fun game can change that! Here are some games to play to get conversation started or to just learn more about the people around you.
Jelly Bean Personality Test
Have you ever wondered what kind of Jelly Bean you are? In this personality test, the participants start a discussion about how accurate the test is. Each person picks out a Jelly Bean from a bag and after everyone chooses one, they consult the chart that is provided. Then, you go around the meeting space and talk about each person’s choice of jelly bean.
You are going to need some name tags with general descriptors such as “car salesman” or “juvenile delinquent.” Then, everyone gets a name tag on their back so that
they can not see their own and they have to ask “yes” or “no” questions to try to figure out who they are. After one question, each participant needs to move on to another person.
This game would be great to play with friends to fill time at a party, and reveals the attributes people give to labels and the people who fulfill those labels.
Ice Breaker Questions
This game involves questions that are traditionally asked during ice breakers, such as picking something out of your purse/ pocket and sharing why it is important to you or if you were a city, which one would you be and why. It could be the most random question, but what matters is that you get to know the other person in some way.
In a group, write down a question on a piece of paper and then put all suggestions in a bowl or hat, then go around and pick a piece of paper and direct that question to someone.
This game validates that people have similarities and differences, even though they may seem small, that could start a friendship or even just a conversation.
My Other Half
Write down the names of famous couples or iconic friends individually on pieces of paper and fold them up. Then, have everyone draw a paper and keep the name to themselves. o around the room to try and find the name’s partner by asking “yes” or “no” questions. The first to find their other half or friend, wins!
This game is good for when you want to bring groups of people together, and shows the kind of attributes people apply to celebrities or people with a lot of influence in our society or culture.