Three images of several hands involved in fun handshake greetings as part of Five Handshakes In Five Minutes ice-breaker

Five Handshakes In Five Minutes

Energetic mixing & greeting exercise for new groups.

  • Simple, yet playful
  • Highly interactive
  • Generates lots of energy
  • Inspires creativity
  • No props

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User Reviews, Comments & Ideas (2)
5.00 avg. rating (89% score) - 1 vote

  1. Chad Littlefield

    Great energizer. And if you let go of the “5 minutes” and add a simple question to each handshake, it can quickly because a great connection exercise.

    • Mark Collard

      Absolutely Chad – like most of the experiences shared in playmeo’s database, it’s never about the game. In this case, it becomes the pre-cursor to lots of fantastic sharing. Which leads to connection, which leads to trust. Thanks for sharing.

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