Icebreakers are a great way to get to know your virtual team members. They are fun, lighthearted, quick questions or activities that can break down the barriers at your virtual office. Icebreakers can allow your team to speak at the beginning of your meeting, which increases the chances of them speaking up DURING the meeting, and get an insight into everyone’s mood and personality.
Check out these great icebreakers for your virtual team meeting:
It is easy and fun to connect with your virtual team members by sharing snapshots of virtual offices/your home. For geographically dispersed teams, this can help create connections through real-life happenings. Here are some examples:
- Show your home on google maps and describe your environment.
- Show a picture of your desks and have people guess which item is your favorite thing.
- Take a picture from your window and have people guess where you are.
- Show a picture of your fridge and ask people which is your favorite item.
2. Two truths and a lie
Your team can also play this game by having a few people to come prepared with two true statements and one false statement before regular check-in. Then, as a collective, the other team members must decide which statement is false. This helps your team find some collaboration in communication as well as get to know each other a little bit better on a personal level.
3. Share a virtual snack
Everyone has to eat at some point or another, so why not start your virtual team meetings by sharing a snack or coffee! Or, go all in and have lunch together. Sharing food is a common way to connect with others, and it can be a great conversation starter!
4. Would you rather?
You can pose an either-or question that prompts people to pick a side by creating a poll on your virtual team communication channel, such as, Simple Poll on Slack. You can also engage your team by assigning everyone to pose a question a day. Have people elaborate on their preferences can lead to outside-of-work bonding activities when people know more about each other. Here are some examples:
- Which drink is better: coffee or tea?
- Would you rather go on a hike in the mountain or read a book on a beach?
- Would you rather going out to eat or learn to cook a new dish at home?
- Which is worse: being bored or being too busy?
5. Fun, non-related work questions
It’s hard to break the ice during virtual team meetings if you are only focused on business. Starting off with a fun, non-related work question is easy and lighthearted. Team members can alternatively come up with a question a day. Here are some fun questions to get to know your team:
- What is your favorite food/drink?
- What’s the funniest thing you did as a kid that your family still talks about?
- Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
- What is your favorite smell?
- What is your favorite movie/book/TV show?
- Do you have a favorite music group, era or album?
- What is the story of your name?
- If you were a vegetable/animal, what kind would you be?
- What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
- If you were going to perform in the circus, what would you do?
- What was your favorite childhood memory?
6. Work-related questions
Ice breaker questions in meetings should strike a balance between topical and lighthearted. Diving into details about the meeting can throw some colleagues off while being too casual can make folks lose track of what’s being discussed. Questions like these strike a good balance to help you get ready to talk while keeping you ready to go over details. While talking about work, sharing personal current challenges can form collaborations among team members; a Mailchimp ‘Tool Master’ can help your Marketing analyst figuring out how to utilize this software.
- What’s something this week that you feel proud of?
- What are your current challenges for the week?
- What did we do as a team that worked great?
- Who did an outstanding job this week?