by By Jonathan Vatner | May 20, 2009

dinnerHere's an ice-breaker that will spark conversation at a meal: During the first seated meal of a conference, ask every table to find things that everyone at the table has in common. Offer a list of possible questions to get them started, such as whether they have children, pets, spouses, etc. After 15 minutes (of spirited conversation), the table with the longest list wins a prize. Thanks to Laura Posey, a speaker and vice president of Dancing Elephants, a sales-training firm in Richmond, Va., for the idea. (888) 254-1868;