We’ve all been there…
You’re in virtual meeting after meeting and it feels like ALL you do is hop into business.
It’s nearly impossible for someone to stay in work mode all day, and an occasional pivot to something a little more exciting than work can be very beneficial.
Icebreaker questions are great ways to connect with people, bolster team building, make new people feel welcome, and learn a bit about yourself, too!
Icebreaker questions can also…
As more companies go remote, it’s going to be easy to hop into the trap of Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting with no team building moments…
But you can prevent it with a little excitement and change!
This list of 170+ Icebreaker questions will make your next 4-hour planning meeting fun (well… somewhat, at least).
Also--these questions can also be used at an after-work happy hour, meetup, or whenever you’re meeting a group of new people!
Best Icebreaker Questions
Here are my top icebreaker questions for you to use at your next happy hour or meetup! (My answers in parentheses)
Funny Icebreaker Questions
How much does a polar bear weigh?
Enough to…break the ice! (Sorry…had to.)
Even if you’re ideas are shared (I didn’t make up that joke), humor puts almost everyone at ease, and being at ease makes talking a little bit easier.
Here are some funny icebreaker questions that you can use to help put your new (and old) coworkers at ease… pending a laugh, of course!
Icebreaker Questions to Start a Conversation
Sometimes breaking the ice is the first step needed to steer a conversation.
The list above could be used for friends, strangers, kids, and old people alike, but this section is about icebreaker questions for adults who may want to start a conversation about a specific subject. (You might be at a networking event, or a conference)
They can also set you up to share something about yourself that you think could help continue the conversation!
Icebreaker Questions for Work
New employees are often a little nervous.
Old-school employees can be less-than-approachable (Work needs to get done!).
Both need to be included, and these icebreaker questions for work are a great way to get them involved. Here are a few questions you can ask to get some conversational sparks flying in the workplace:
Would You Rather Icebreaker Questions
These Icebreaker questions are great for learning more about how people think about situations and how they handle tradeoffs.
For more questions to ask people check out these posts:
And for more tips on how to continue those conversations after you break the ice...check out this video on being more charismatic:
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