People are awkward. We feel shy, anxious and self-conscious when we meet new people for the first time in person.
But what if you had to do it with no physical contact? What if you meet people for the first time online? It can be even more tricky, right?
Virtual icebreakers help break down barriers during virtual meetings and can be an important tool for remote teams who don’t get to see each other every day.
Because if asking a few icebreaker questions can avoid any silent pauses to make people more engaged in conversation, then believe us, it’s worth trying out!
Below, we gathered 155 ice breaker questions that will help your team talk more easily, share their thoughts comfortably and open up a bit more about themselves, even though they’re still miles away!
Give them a go next time if you want your virtual meeting to be THE “company speakeasy” that everyone talks about… Or that gets people talking! 😉
First, what are ice breakers?
Ice breakers are questions and activities that you can use to help people feel more at ease in a group setting.
They’re used in a meetings, team building events because they take the pressure off of introducing yourself to new people.
How so? By making it easier for them to participate in a conversation or activity even if they don’t know what to say.
Ice breakers for Virtual Meetings
Virtual meetings are becoming more and more popular in the workplace, as they allow employees to collaborate across borders without having to be present at the same location.
However, there is one major drawback of virtual meetings: it is hard to bond with people you interact with only through screens.
One of the best ways to combat this is by using ice breaker questions during your virtual meetings, which will get you opening-up to others.
Fortunately, icebreaker questions for virtual meetings have been created to help teams get to know each other better and engage in more fruitful conversations after the meeting has ended.
There’s a wide range of icebreakers that you can choose from depending on what your team needs – work-related icebreakers, icebreakers for employees and icebreaker questions to introduce remote workers.
Keep scrolling for more inspiration.
What are some good icebreakers for virtual meetings?
Some good icebreakers for a virtual meeting could include icebreaker questions about the attendees life, tastes, remote work life or their hobbies for instance.
It’s also a great idea to add some fun icebreaker questions or games to play on the video call with the remote team, such as two truths and one lie or a virtual Scavenger Hunt, to keep your team entertained.
What are good team building questions?
Team building questions are designed to incite exchange and interaction between team members. To do so, avoid closed questions or simple yes or no questions.
Good team building questions should be open-ended questions in order to have people really share their experiences or points of view.
They should also be innocent, accessible and easy to answer so that anyone can take part in the conversation, whatever their age, gender, beliefs, religions etc.
Below is our selection of virtual ice breaker questions for virtual meetings, organized by topic, that you can include in your next virtual team building or conference to help shake things up!
What are some easy icebreaker questions?
To start a virtual meeting off the right way, pick some of these easy icebreaker questions below.
They should help break the ice, get tour team to open up with each other, get them talking and start to build connections.
- Would you say you are a morning person or a night owl?
- What’s your morning routine?
- Can you present your pet(s) on the camera if you do have some?
- Do you have any siblings, and if so can you present them?
- Do you have kids, and if so can you present them?
- Do you collect anything, and if so what is it?
- What fashion trend would you like to bring back?
- What’s your guilty pleasure?
- Do you have any superstitions or rituals and if yes, what are they?
- How do you imagine your dream house?
- Who was the last person that made you laugh really hard?
- If you could invent a new ice cream, what would it be called and what flavor would it have?
- How did you celebrate last New Year’s Eve?
- If you could have any superpower on earth for one day, what would it be and how would you use it?
- Where do you come from?
- Do you have any tattoos and if yes, what are they?
Pop-Culture icebreaker questions to ask your virtual team
Because knowing the other team members’ tastes and preferences could help you bond and find common ground with them, we have gathered some ice breaker questions that can be asked to your virtual team.
- What’s the last movie you watched?
- What’s your favorite tv show of all time?
- What’s your favorite movie of all time?
- What’s the social media you use the most?
- What’s your favorite TV show that you don’t feel like the whole world is watching yet?
- What’s the article of clothing you could not live without?
- What’s your favorite song?
- Who’s your favorite superhero?
- What is your favorite childhood cartoon character?
- If you were to sing karaoke, what song would you choose?
- If you could impersonate a character from a TV show, what would it be?
- What is the last book you read?
- What was the first concert you went to?
- What’s THE song that makes you want to dance?
- Is there any song you know by heart and which one is it?
- What music festival(s) have you been to?
- What is the last book that made an impact in your life and how so?
- Which movie would you like to see on a big screen again?
- What TV show would you like to live in?
What are some fun icebreaker questions?
If you want to lighten up the mood of your conference call, choose among those fun icebreaker questions and get your virtual team to share some laughs and anecdotes!
- Can you tell us a short joke that you know?
- Can you tell us an awkward story that happened to you during high school?
- Have you ever gone “viral” on social media, and if yes can you tell us the story?
- Who’s your celebrity crush?
- What were your first – and wrong – impressions on the other team members?
- If there was a zombie apocalypse coming in, what are the 2 teammates you would take in your team and why?
- Have you ever messaged someone accidentally at work and if yes, what was it?
- What was the worst gift you ever received?
- Can you show us your phone wallpaper?
- If you were an animal, which one would you like to be and why?
- Do you have a secret talent you could show us?
- What’s the weirdest thing that has happened to you in your lifetime so far?
“Would you rather” ice breaker questions
If your team members don’t know each other yet and need help to open up, you could use some of these easy and fun “would you rather” questions below.
- Would you rather have a cat or a dog?
- Would you rather go ice skating or surfing?
- Would you rather travel to the North Pole or to South America?
- Would you rather live in your dream house or travel around the world?
- Would you rather have ice cream for dinner every night or ice tea for breakfast every morning?
- Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?
- Would you rather be a celebrity or a superhero?
- Would you rather be a basketball player or a chef?
- Would you rather have to wear casual clothes every day or formal suits for work?
- Would you rather have no electricity or no water in your home for a week?
- Would you rather be a millionaire or have superpowers?
- Would you rather be the president of the United States or a pop star?
- Would you rather wear shirts or tee-shirts everyday of the year?
- Would you rather work in a disgusting office space from Monday to Friday or be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?
- Would you rather be the president of the company you work for or work as a freelancer?
- Would you rather only eat pizza or chocolate cake for the rest of your life?
- Would you rather go in the street in slippers or swim in ice cold water?
- Would you rather be on a diet for the rest of your life or live without internet access?
- Would you rather be able to read people’s thoughts or be able to teleport yourself?
Food and drink ice breakers questions
Those yummy ice breakers are perfect to get to know your squad’s tastes.
Bonus game: Next time you head to a team’s lunch, challenge one person of the team to order for everyone based on what he learnt!
- What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten?
- What’s the most exotic food that you’ve tried in your life?
- What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
- What type of cuisine do you prefer?
- If you had to eat one and only food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
- For a Sunday brunch, pancakes or waffles?
- What was the spiciest food you ever tried?
- What was your favorite food when you were a child?
- Do you prefer to eat ice cream with toppings or without?
- Is there any drink that would make even the worst day better for you?
- What’s your go-to drink when you go out?
- For your breakfast, tea or coffee?
- Would you go for a thin or thick pizza crust?
- What’s your typical Sunday dinner?
- What’s your unhealthiest guilty pleasure food?
- What’s the food you would never eat again?
- Are there any foods that make you gag just by their smell?
- What’s your favorite fast food meal?
- Are you more of a sweet or savory person?
Deeper virtual ice breaker questions for team building
If your virtual team has already been functioning for some time, you might dig deeper with questions that stimulate a bit more reflection and thoughts.
Here are some examples to help you find the creative virtual ice breaker questions for your next team building or team meeting!
- What are some goals that keep you up at night?
- Who was the best boss or mentor that you ever had?
- What would be the name of your autobiography if you wrote one?
- How do you want to change/improve yourself this year?
- What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
- What are 3 things on your bucket list?
- If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
- What are the three items you would take with you on a desert island?
- Which historical figure would you like to have dinner with?
- What’s your favorite quotation?
- How do you see yourself five years from now?
- If money was not an issue – what is on your “must have” list for a perfect day/night out in any city?
- If there were a fire and you could only save one thing from your house, what would it be?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
- What are some of the things you’re most proud about in your life?
- What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?
Travel ice breaker questions
Who doesn’t dream to travel a bit by those confined times?
Well, we can’t promise that we will get back to normal soon, but you can already try those virtual icebreaker questions and travel through our peers’ experiences and stories!
- If you could travel anywhere in the world for your next vacation, where would you go?
- If you could live in any country in the world, where would it be and why?
- What languages do you speak?
- If you could learn a language instantly, which one would you choose and why?
- What was your first trip without parents?
- Did you ever travel solo and if yes how was it?
- What’s your favorite destination so far?
- Which place would be on top of your bucket list and why?
- If you could teleport yourself right now, where would you go?
- What’s the most beautiful beach you have ever seen?
- What’s your favorite city you’ve visited and why?
- Which is the best place for a weekend getaway?
- Do you prefer traveling by car or plane?
- If money isn’t an issue, where would be your ideal vacation destination and why?
- What’s the most thrilling experience you’ve had?
- Do you prefer traveling alone or with someone else?
- If someone handed you a free plane ticket, where would be your top choice for an adventure destination and why?
- If you travel abroad, would you prefer staying at locals’ places or in luxurious hotels?
- What was the worst place you stayed at when travelling?
Remote work icebreaker questions
Because a common topic remote teams share those days is simply the fact of working from home, break the ice between team members by asking about their daily remote life!
- What is the most unlikely object to be on your desk?
- What is the one word that others might use to describe you in the workplace?
- Can you give us a tour of your remote office space?
- What are some things that you miss about working in an office?
- Would you rather go back to work in the office or keep working remotely?
- Has anyone already accidentally showed up behind your back during an important virtual meeting and if yes what happened?
- What are the top three things that make you happy while working from home?
- How has your job changed since going virtual?
- If it’s possible, can we see some photos of what is on your desk right now at this very moment in time?
- What’s your favorite quarantine outfit?
- How do you use the commute time gained since working from home?
- Did you develop any new hobbies during lock down?
- What are the top three things you would do on your first day back in the office?
- Do you feel like it’s harder to find balance between work and personal time when working from home as opposed to an office setting?
- Can you tell us the latest gossip at work?
- Virtual meeting should be with or without video?
- What did working remotely teach you about the team’s organization and life?
Virtual icebreaker questions that might turn controversial
Some questions remain without a defined answer… But yet, everyone has its own opinion on the topic!
Discover what are the ones of your teammates by asking those debatable questions during your next team building.
- Can pineapple be a pizza topping?
- Which one from the egg or the hen came first?
- Would you say soap is clean or dirty?
- Should salad be eaten before or after the main course?
- Which one is better for napping, the bed or the sofa?
- Which one is better for ice cream, the cone or the cup?
- Can you make an omelet by shaking the eggs before cracking them?
- Do you prefer to work in a noisy environment or in complete silence?
- What’s your idea of an ideal meal for dinner: meatloaf with potatoes and carrots or chicken soup with rice noodles?
- Which one is the most interesting: Instagram or Facebook?
- Is artificial intelligence worrying or genius?
- Which one is the ideal before going to bed: a cup of fresh milk or a warm tea?
- Which topping is better for pie, whipped cream or ice cream on top?
- Should the paper toilet hang under or over the roll?
- Would you prefer being exceptionally tall or exceptionally short?
- Which one of the 5 senses would you rather lose?
- Shall we eat pizzas with silverwares or with hands?
- Would you say “How I met your mother” is a better TV show than “Friends”?
And many more…!
We hope you liked this blog post and icebreaker ideas.
Most of these icebreaker questions are hybrids and will work for remote teams who haven’t met each other in person before and for the ones that did work together before going remote.
How did it feel when your team was first formed remotely?
Was it difficult getting to know each other and developing relationships during virtual meetings?
Have you tried any of these ice breakers?
What ice breaker questions have you used in the past to get your team talking?
Which ones have you found useful for engaging your remote team?
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