If you’re having a big event, you’ve probably thought about using Name Tag Labels or Lapel Stickers. It’s an ideal choice: with these stickers and labels your attendees have a built-in icebreaker. There is no worry about making introductions for people – they can easily make their own. But these stick-on icebreakers can go even further if you choose & there are a few ways to help attendees make better connections. Here are 5 fun ways to use them at your next event.
#1: Add each person’s hometown or state. This is a great choice, especially for national or international conferences and events. It offers an instant icebreaker as attendees can talk about the different towns, cities and states. Whether they have once lived there, visited once, have family there or have always wondered what that fine city is like – the conversation will start to flow. Attendees can also be challenged to “meet 5 people from different states” or another type of challenge to really get the room a-hoppin’.
#2. Include the year they started with the company. This is an ideal choice for a company event, and it also shows company loyalty and will boost morale. Especially do this icebreaker if you have more than 25% of your employees there for more than 5 to 10 years. Your new employees will be pleased, knowing they have chosen to work for a company where people are very happy to stay. The employees with long-standing careers also have the opportunity to talk about “the good ol’ days” and remind others of the great things the company has done.
#3. Include a “fun fact” related to the conference or event on each Name Tag Label or Lapel Sticker. This is a fun choice, especially if it is a themed event, like a comic book convention where people are waiting to meet artists to sign comic books or an association event where knowledge about the industry is important. Everyone will look forward to learning something new. You can choose to make the fun facts about the industry; the event or even the city or location the conference is being held. Remember the actual focus is not on coming up with the “perfect” fun facts – it is on starting conversations!
#4. Add the high school or college/university they have attended. This icebreaker is a great choice for a business or association event. People may discover they’ve attended the same high school but at different times. Or they’ve attended colleges in the same state. Talking about school days is a fun thing to reminisce about for many. Adding a college name to a high school reunion name tag or a high school to a college reunion is also a fun icebreaker too!
#5. Choose “inside” information only conference attendees will know & want to talk about! If your conference is for computer programmers, try adding their favorite computer language to program in, or their preferred computer they like to work on. While someone that didn’t attend this conference wouldn’t understand that icebreaker, anyone at a computer programming conference would instantly understand PASCAL or C+ and this would start a conversation.