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by Jonathan Vatner | February 17, 2011

People talking, meeting, event, conventionTo loosen up small group  (24 or fewer attendees), try this icebreaker: First, arrange them in a circle. The goal for everyone is to pick someone and say her name, but first, the two must make eye contact. The person whose name is said then replies, "Thank you," and the two switch places. When everyone does this at once, it becomes very difficult to keep track of who's saying what -- an important lesson for business: You're not communicating if you're not being heard. Thanks for the idea go to Jenise Fryatt, co-owner and director of marketing at Icon Presentations, and community manager for Engage365, an online group of event professionals. (engage365.org)