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Virtual Ice-Breakers: Bringing Remote Teams Together In 2023 [Updated]

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Does your remote team feel connected? Whether your team is currently working remotely due to the pandemic or your team has been virtual for years, virtual icebreakers can spark friendly and informal connections among remote workers.

Virtual team building can be daunting, but you don’t let distance stop you. In this article, we’ll talk about: 👇

  • The importance of virtual Icebreakers
  • How to design your virtual icebreakers
  • Virtual icebreaker ideas and games
  • Icebreaker questions for your remote teams

Let’s get started:

What Is a Virtual Icebreaker?

They can be used at the beginning of an online meeting, workshop or team-building activity– It’s a way of “breaking the ice”. A virtual Ice-breaker is a great way to keep your remote teams engaged and learn more about each other.

They can help your team in many ways. For example:

  • They build team rapport
  • They reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • You can introduce new hires to teammates in a fun way to make them feel comfortable. 
  • A well-placed interactive icebreaker can lighten virtual meetings and keep your team’s attention throughout the meeting. 
  • It gives you an opportunity to learn more about your teammates’ personalities and thoughts.

It gives you an opportunity to learn more about your teammates’ personalities and thoughts. For example, suddenly, “John from the dev team” is “John from dev team whose favorite food is burger and who has a cute puppy.”

We can feel lonely and isolated while working remotely. In our survey, we found that approx 46% of employees said they miss coming to the office. 😥

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5 Elements to Design Virtual Ice-breakers

⏬Here are some elements that you should consider before designing your virtual ice-breakers:

Have a Purpose: Ask yourself, “what’s your purpose with ice-breakers activities?” Introducing new hires? Or bringing your teams together and letting them know each other? First, you must establish a purpose clearly.

Help Employees Feel Comfortable: A virtual ice-breaker activity will be successful if your employees feel comfortable participating. Tell your team clearly what’s the purpose of these activities and encourage everyone to participate.

Timely: Probably your virtual teams are calling from different time zones, so take time into account. Do you want your ice-breaker activities to be a quick 10-minutes or 30-minutes?

Frequency: Consider whether the virtual ice-breaker is once per week or if you want to make it a daily thing? Discuss with your team and come up with your plan.

Tool: Make sure everyone is using the same video conferencing tool, like Zoom, and they’re familiar with the tool. Also, decide the format – do you want your team to use their webcam or a voice call will be sufficient?

When to use Icebreakers and when not to use

“Should you conduct icebreakers when team members know each other?”

Yes, It’s still a good idea to use icebreakers. It can help build trust and camaraderie on remote teams and give you more insight into your co-workers’ personalities.

Here are some scenarios where you can use them:

  • Your teamwork in different locations and are not able to meet personally.
  • Introducing new people to the team in a fun way
  • Relax people before a team meeting
  • Build confidence speaking in front of the group
  • When it’s the first team meeting

Although virtual icebreakers can be a lot of fun, they’re not appropriate for every meeting. Here are some scenarios when icebreakers are not appropriate:

  • If you are meeting to discuss a crisis, problem, or emergency.
  • When senior leaders join the call as they have limited time
  • It’s a waste of time if the remote team is already in regular contact with each other.

Types of Icebreakers

Here are some different types of Icebreakers:

types of icebreakers

General check-in

Check-in allows the participants of an online meeting to say how they are feeling, e.g. “I feel low, sad, awesome, glad, or afraid.” Or my traffic light is red, yellow, or green”. How are the family and kids doing? Anything that indicates how someone might be feeling in their personal life.

Personality tests

Every person has their own unique personality traits, skills, work style, and way of thinking. Outside of the surface-level “what did you do this weekend,” team personality tests spark discussions that allow teammates to feel seen, supported, and united!

There are a variety of personality tests that give us insight into how each personality operates:

The Character Strengths Survey is a quiz where you need to select an answer ranging from “very much like me” to “very much unlike me.” Results show scores for your “signature strengths, middle strengths, and areas of improvement.”

WorkStyle is an online tool that measures employees’ personalities and then generates profiles for each employee and the team as a whole.

Icebreaker Questions

Virtual icebreaker questions are prompts you include in a virtual meeting for attendees to share a little about themselves and do some team building. Break your icebreaker questions into different categories to suit each particular situation.

Icebreaker games

One of the major benefits of icebreaker games is in allowing group members to break free from dry or boring introductions and get to know each other more meaningfully.

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Virtual Icebreaker Activities and Games

Virtual Icebreaker Activities and Games

How can you break the ice without also frustrating your team or making them roll their eyes? We’ve collected 30 virtual Icebreakers ideas for your remote team meetings – all tried, tested, and enjoyed by our remote workers – even the introverts! 😬

1. Critical Thinking Questions

One of the best initiatives to break the ice for a virtual office is to start by asking a question that facilitates critical thinking. 

For example, you can ask a question like, ‘A man is lying dead in a field. There is an unopened package lying next to him and no other creature in the field. How did he die?’ 

Post lateral thinking questions in the group and give everyone some time to answer. Then let them have a brief conversation about their answer and the learning experience behind it. 💡

2. A Ride in the Time Machine

People love to have conversations about themselves. You can channelize this habit of your employees by asking them the time machine question. 

For example, ask them about a place or a time they’d like to visit if they had a time machine. You can use follow-up questions to have an ice-breaking conversation. 

3. A Stroll Through the Childhood

Ask your team members to share their childhood pictures privately with you. Then, post these pictures in the office group and ask people to guess the person. Not only can it be a great ice-breaking activity but also reminiscence people of their childhood memories. This would facilitate open conversations and a good laugh to top it off! 😁

4. Current Affairs Conversation

Asking members to have a conversation about an open issue can be a great team-building activity. For example, you could share a topic that people can read about in your office group. 

Then start the remote team meeting by asking them to express their views about the same. Once people are done sharing their views uninterrupted, set aside some time for an open conversation.

5. Social Question

Start a team meeting by asking people little questions, people love to answer about themselves. These could be about their favorite season, team, food, etc. This activity, on the one hand, focuses on enabling a lively conversation among people, even leading to a debate on why one’s favorite football team is better than the others. On the other hand, it helps people get to know each other better.

6. Host an Open Mic

Let the people in your organization speak about something they like. This could be a poem, a short story, a song, jokes, etc. Taking the central stage would give them due attention to showcase their talent. 🎷

Similarly, performing in a group would also serve as a key to social validation. Ask team members to applaud others.

7. Emoticon Starter

Ask your team members to share an emoticon that precisely tells how they are feeling at the moment. This will help start the meeting on a lighthearted note, as people witness the range of emojis being put to use. This activity makes use of one of the best virtual things that people love to do- use emoticons. 😊

8. Six-Word Story

Watch the ice shatter as people become their creative best with this activity. Ask your team members to tell their life’s story using six words. Or if there is something interesting that they want to share, ask them to do it within the six-word limit. Not only is this fun but also a great platform for people to be their quirky best.

9. Guess a Riddle

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Post a riddle and ask your team members to reply with answers within 5 minutes.  Tell them to not use any search engine or write answers they might have already known. Watch them be at their creative best as they try to answer questions with a race against the clock. 

10. Build a Story

Again, one of the most popular activities on the list, breaks the ice and builds an interesting story. Start by assigning random numbers to your team members. Then ask the person who has number 1, to write down a sentence and leave it incomplete. 

The next person with the succeeding number will write another line, and this would go on until all members have had their turns. Read out the story that is sketched in the end.

11. Guess the Gibberish

This game is already viral among social media enthusiasts. You could leverage this as an ice breaker for your team by posting gibberish words for common movies, songs, or even names of some of your team members. Not only will people rush to answer it correctly but also enjoy the competitive spirit. 

12. What’s Same and What’s Unique?

This ice-breaker activity is a great way to know each other better while having fun. Split your participants into groups of 5 or more. Ask each group to write down as a list on an online whiteboard all the interesting things they all have in common and something unique to each participant. Assign a time limit for the task (let’s say 5 minutes). After 5 minutes, ask each group to share their list with the rest of the team.

13. This or That

It’s a simple game posing questions involving two choices. The players are supposed to make their preferences known by choosing an answer option, even if none of the options appeals to them. There’s no right or wrong answer. This game has the potential to be funny and outrageous, serious and mundane – simultaneously! 

14. Draw Your Current Mood

Create some doodles together, even if it’s just as pitiful as we produced during our recent team meeting. Before starting a meeting, just ask your employees to draw their current mood on the whiteboard. It’s so much fun, I swear! 🎨

15. Last Picture That You Clicked

It’s a simple but sweet activity to make people talk. Ask your team to go to their phones, and find out the last photo that they clicked. Ask them to post these pics to the Slack channel. You can also ask them to share a story behind the picture.

16. Would You Rather?

Use this virtual icebreaker activity to relax a little before you start your meeting. Before starting your meeting, come up with 3 to 5 questions for your employees to answer. These should be a mix of fun, random, and challenging questions. 

For example: “Would you rather lose your phone or have no internet?” “Would you rather have a pet tiger or a pet bat?”

You can pair up employees or put them in small groups. This gives them the chance to connect and explain their responses. It can also lead to a lot of giggles.

17. Where Are You Joining From?

At the beginning of your video call, run a word cloud with the question: “Where are you joining from?” 

As your team members post their locations, give them a special shout-out. By the end, the word cloud will create a nice collage of all the different places.

18. Name That Sound

It’s a simple (but most challenging) game. Ask your team to turn their cameras off, leaving only audio on, and then one person will start by making a sound – either with their voice or with surrounding objects. The first person who guesses it correctly will go next. 🧐

19. Virtual Water Cooler

Trivia Virtual Water Cooler helps remote employees get to know each other and connect on a personal level. Select a channel where you want to initiate water cooler conversations and simply choose the category, and the Trivia bot will automatically post a question in the channel of your choice.

Virtual water cooler

20. Virtual Coffee

Trivia virtual coffee

Make your next virtual meeting fun by hosting a virtual coffee time. Have some time off from the work to come together for a virtual coffee/Tea break and get involved in some random chit-chats. ☕

Check out how Skillenza is reinventing their virtual icebreakers with Trivia

21. Trivia Game Icebreaker

Trivia quiz icebreaker

Trivia questions are a fantastic way to have fun with the team and learn some amazing facts! It’s also a very low-risk icebreaker because people don’t need to share personal information about themselves. 😉

We recommend 10 trivia questions, which should take around 5-10 minutes. You can also divide the team into groups for more fun, laughter, and friendly competition!

22. Song on Repeat

Team members can share music recommendations (as everyone loves music) that they’re listening to on repeat these days. 🎧

It allows employees to discuss something that interests them and get new music recommendations to listen to.

23. Show and Tell: Pet Edition

Do you have pet owners on your team? People love showing their pets and talking about them. If the pet lives with them, ask them to show the pet or point the camera at it during the video call. Additionally, you can share some facts about your pet:

  • Name
  • Breed
  • What’s the story behind adopting the pet
  • Some funny/quirky things about their pet

24. Good Old Times

Isn’t it a good idea to try questions that bring back childhood or teenage years memories?

Ask questions like:

  • Which music band was your favorite growing up?
  • Who was your favorite/least favorite teacher, and why?
  • Who were your friends when you were growing up?

These questions will get your team members in a good mood before a meeting.

25. Zoom Background Challenge

Before your next team meeting, set a theme and ask your colleagues to pick a virtual zoom background image that represents them best.

This activity will break the ice and help you to share some laughs with your team members on Zoom. At the end of the meeting, pick a winner.

26. Virtual Charades

To play this game, all the participants will remain silent as they act out a word or sentence. Simply put the performer on the spotlight and rest of the team members will figure out the message from the performer’s gestures. The goal of this game is to communicate the prompt without using words. 

You can split participants into smaller groups of about five members for large teams. These smaller teams may use a charade generator for prompts and work together to figure out the charade phrases.

27. Guess the Song

The host will play a part of the song for three to five seconds. The other team members listen and guess the song’s details. For example, the singer, the movie/album, the name of the song and the year the song was released. Players can shout out the answer or type responses in the chat.

28. The Weather

Paste a photo of what the weather is like where you live/show it with your camera.

29. Silent Heroes

Give kudos to the heroes in your team. Kick off your meeting with a word cloud poll such as: “Who was your silent hero this month?” Expect lots of hearty “awws”.

30. Never Have I Ever

One of you will read questions such as: “Never have I ever gone skinny dipping.” Whenever one of you has done it, he or she will put one finger down. 

This icebreaker activity is awesome for getting to know your colleagues better and have a good laugh together while sharing funny stories behind each finger down!

💡 You can also let your colleagues vote for the best background through an EngageWith poll.

200 Best Icebreaker Questions to Try With Your Team!

Best Icebreaker Questions

Having a list of icebreaker ideas and questions can be handy and help your efforts to run a productive virtual meeting. But you don’t need to do hard work.

We’ve put together the ultimate list of 200+ icebreaker questions and divided them into different categories. We’ve covered everything from funny icebreaker questions to virtual team-building questions, to zoom icebreakers and then to some random and creative ones.

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💼 Virtual meeting icebreaker questions for work

Online icebreaker questions for work help to create a professional environment. Here are the best icebreaker questions for virtual meetings:

1. What does leadership mean to you?

2. Name 3 things that you and your team have in common.

3. What work decision or policy would you most like to know the backstory for?

4. What is your go-to work drink?

5. Do you have a dedicated office space at home? Show us your space!

6. What does your morning routine look like when working from home?

7. How do you stay productive and motivated working virtually?

8. Are you an early bird or night owl?

9. Suggest one thing we could do to improve our virtual meetings.

10. Currently, what book you’re reading?

11. Your favorite professional development book.

12. If you could learn one new professional skill, what would it be?

13. How do you combat distractions when working from home?

14. What’s your favorite story to tell about company history?

15. What’s something that you find indispensable for an effective office or workspace?

16. What professional accomplishment are you most proud of

17. Who was one of your heroes growing up?

18. What’s one important lesson you’ve learned at work in the past year?

19. What are your ideal working hours and why?

20. What do you want to be known for?

💬 Social and commuinity Ice-breaker questions

Social and community icebreakers enable people to get to know each other better, and encourage communication. Check out below questions:

1. What actor/actress would you want to play you in a movie and why?

2. Tell us about one fun and/or crazy thing you’ve done in your life.

3. Share a favorite quote and tell us why it’s your favorite?

4. What’s the one thing that is never missing in your fridge?

5. What would you do for a million dollars?

6. Let’s make a list of all the languages spoken by the people in this meeting.

7. If you had to describe your mood at this moment in terms of the weather, how would you explain it?

8. What was your favorite toy as a child?

9. Share one thing that no one knows about you?

10. Share one thing that no one knows about you?

11. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

12. Do you have any pets?

13. What’s your favorite color?

14. Show something that’s on your desk and tell a story about it?

15. What’s the story behind your name?

❤️ Short and unique icebreaker questions

These unique icebreaker questions allow employees to express themselves with answers to not so important questions. These questions are designed to be fun, with no right or wrong answer.

1. Dogs or cats?

2. Thick pizza or thin?

3. What is your favorite decade and why?

4. What is your go-to book genre?

5. Which song can you listen to over and over again?

6. Pancakes or waffles?

7. Ketchup or Mayonnaise?

8. What is your typing speed?

9. What is your WiFi name?

10. Good short-term memory or good long-term memory

11. Describe yourself in one word?

12. Describe your weekend in one word?

13. Describe your car in one word?

🤔 Funny, awkward, and creative icebreaker questions

The questions below are creative and you can’t go wrong with them. Unleash the fun of being on a team with these icebreakers:

1. Be honest. How often do you work from bed?

2. Tell us about your worst haircut ever.

3. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

4. You accidentally kill someone…who do you call to help you bury the body?

5. What is your biggest unwritten rule for friendship that your friends don’t know?

6. What is your favorite knock-knock joke?

7. How often do you regret making the plans you made during your five minutes of extrorevtism?

8. You’ve got your movie ready and your hot pizza has just arrived when your best friend calls you crying and asks if you can come over. What do you say?

9. How would you rate your laugh out of 10?

10. What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now?

11. If you were transported 400 years into the past with no clothes or anything else, how would you prove that you were from the future?

12. What would you do if you came home and found a penguin in your freezer?

13. What item at the supermarket makes you feel embarrassed every time you have to buy it? 

14. What would your theme song be if music played every time you walked outside?

15. You’ve been chosen to represent your country in a global competition. What sport or activity are you doing?

16. If you could exchange one body part, what would it be?

🤦‍♂️ Fun Icebreaker questions for virtual meetings

Want to kick off to a lighthearted start? Here are our favourite fun and easy virtual icebreaker questions for your team to try:

1. Is there any part of your daily routine that you’d like to change? Why?

2. How do you feel about public speaking? Love it? Hate it? Both?

3. You’re in charge of the office speakers for your team for the day. What do you play?

4. What was the last podcast or audiobook you listened to?

5. Who do you admire? What do you admire about them?

6. What did you get into the most trouble for as a kid?

7. What do you value most in a friendship?

8. What’s one thing you enjoy about your home or neighborhood?

9. If you could wake up tomorrow with the ability to play any musical instrument, which one would it be?

10. What small activities help you re-energize?

11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

12. What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you while working here?

13. What movie will you never grow tired of watching?

14.  How do you power down at the end of the week to make sure you enjoy your weekend?

15. What fictional character would you most like to have as a mentor?

16. If you took a 4-week paid sabbatical from work, what would you do with the time?

17. What’s a mobile app that you love, but that few people know about?

Riddle icebreakers for virtual meetings 

Whether you’re looking to get conversations started or just want to pass the time at work. Here are some amazing icebreaker riddles, you can give these riddles a try:

1. What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to? (Ans: An echo)

2. I’m the father of fruits. What am I? (Ans: A papa-ya)

3. If you have it, you want to share it. If you share it, you don’t have it. What is it? (Ans: A secret)

4. What word contains 26 letters but only has three syllables? The alphabet.

5. What becomes white when it is dirty? A blackboard

6. Take off my skin, I won’t cry, but you will. What am I? An onion

7. What belongs to you but other people use it more than you? Your name

8. What part of roads do ghosts love to travel? The dead ends.

9. A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays for three days and leaves on Friday. How did he do it? A: The horse’s name is Friday.

10. What is it that everybody does at the same time? A: Grow older.

11. What disappears as soon as you say its name? A: Silence.

12. What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? A: A clock.

🎧 Virtual icebreakers for Zoom meetings 

What are Zoom icebreaker questions? Zoom Icebreakers are any virtual activity or games that help in connecting with each other during virtual meetings on Zoom. Do you want to make virtual meeting a little less zoomy? Here are some icebreakers for zoom:

1. How many countries (or states) have you visited? Can you name them?

2. Did you play a sport in high school or college?

3. Where is your favorite place to vacation?

4. What are your top 3 bucket list items?

5. What is your favorite Zoom background?

6. What is something interesting within arms reach of you?

7. Would you rather talk on Zoom or the phone?

8. How would you describe a Zoom call to your childhood self?

9. What would be your dream Zoom call location?

10. What’s your one piece of advice to everyone here?

🤣 “Would You Rather?” Icebreaker Questions

Would you rather?” icebreaker questions are the best way to find out employees’ preferences, values, priorities and likes. These questions are also great conversation starters:

1. Would you rather eat pizza or burgers every day of the week?

2. Would you rather be stranded in the Antarctic or a tropical island

3. Would you rather be known for helping to establish world peace or resolving climate change?

4. Would you rather be a famous sports star or an astrophysicist?

5. Would you rather be the best speller or mathematician in the world?

6. Would you rather have perfect looks or Bill Gates’ mind?

7. Would you rather go to Jupiter or Mars?

8. Would you rather travel to the bottom of the sea or to the moon?

9. Would you rather write a book or make a movie?

10. Would you rather be interviewed or interview someone else?

11. Would you rather live in a world with no caffeine or no fruit?

12. Would you rather speak to animals or speak 10 foreign languages?

13. Would you rather live in a city or somewhere more remote?

14. Would you rather not shower for a month or not brush your teeth for a month?

15. Would you rather have a time machine or a teleporter?

16. Would you rather be trapped in a romantic comedy with your enemies or trapped in a horror tv show with your friends?

🤝 Icebreakers to introduce yourself

Also known as get to know you questions. These personal icebreaker questions let you break the ice and get to know each other a little better:

1. What’s your middle name?

2. What’s your favorite place?

3. Where did you grow up?

4. What’s your favourite hobby?

5. Are you a listener or a talker?

6. Describe your dream holiday if money was no limit?

7. Complete the sentence “I wish everyone could…”

8. What is your dream job?

9. Who was the last person you felt inspired by?

10. If you had to give a lecture on one thing, what would it be?

11. What’s an unusual family or national tradition you have?

12. Where did you grow up, and what was it like?

13. What item do you never travel without?

14. Where would you build your dream home?

15. Describe your dream wedding if money was no object?

Virtual happy hour icebreaker questions

Here’s a list of the remote happy hour ice breaker questions you need to keep the conversation going. For your next happy hour meeting, pick any of these questions to break the ice, and get people talking.

1. Show us a secret talent that no one knows about.

2. What is your most-used emoji?

3. What food do you secretly hate, but are too scared to admit it?

4. What would the name of your autobiography be?

5. If you were sent into the universe of the last video game you played, where would you be?

6. Tell us about the best birthday celebration that you’ve had. What gifts did you receive? 

7. When was the last time you did something kind to a stranger?

8. Where have you seen the most beautiful sunset?

9. Are you a bungee-jumping person or a scuba-diving person?

10. What was your first day at work like?

11. What are the 3 words that you think a teammate would use to describe you?

12. After a job well done, do prefer public or one-on-one recognition?

👨‍👦‍👦 Virtual team building icebreaker questions

Icebreaker questions for team building can help you to break the awkward silences and learn silly things about the coworkers. Here are some fun team ice breaker questions to encourage virtual team building:

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1. What do you look for in a teammate?

2. What is your idea of a good virtual team building exercise?

3. What is your biggest team accomplishment?

4. When was the first time you were a part of a team?

5. Do you have any productivity hacks?

6. What is something that surprised you about remote work?

7. Would you ever break the rules? Under what circumstances?

8. What does “communication style” mean to you?

9. Describe a real-life situation where you stood up for someone or something. What happened?

10. If you had to sum up your entire career in 12 words or less, what would you say?

🤖 Random Icebreaker questions

Asking random icebreakers can test how employees might react to unexpected scenarios. These weird icebreaker questions can help you take relationships with coworkers to the next level.

1. Which comedian, actor, or author really makes you laugh?

2. What TV or movie character would be amazing on your team? Why?

3. What’s one internet meme or cultural phenomenon that baffles you?

4. What’s a topic of conversation that you could go on about all day?

5. If you could add any snack to the kitchen at work, what would it be?

6. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

7. Which teammate would you use a lifeline on in “Who wants to be a millionaire”?

8. What is a simple dance move that you are bad at?

9. What reality show would you want to be on?

10. What’s something fun that you learned online recently?

11. What would you NOT eat again?

12. What’s your favorite food to celebrate with?

13. What’s your favorite pizza topping?

14. If you could invent a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be?

👨‍🎓 Icebreaker questions for Adults

Funny ice breaker questions for adults are just more focused on life experiences and memories of lost youth. Check out these adult ice breaker questions:

1. Describe an experience in your life that changed your values?

2. What three things would you like to accomplish this year?

3. What is the strangest habit you have?

4. What is one thing we would never guess about you?

5. What current fact about your life would most impress your five year old self?

6. What is one thing you want teenagers to know about older generations today?

7. What did you want to be when you grew up?

8. What was the first way you made money?

9. What is the best dish you can cook?

10. If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy?

11. How do you relieve stress and anxiety?

🎄 Holiday icebreaker questions

To help you break the ice this holiday season, we’ve put together this list of holiday themed icebreakers. Enjoy some examples of holiday icebreaker questions:

1. What is your earliest holiday memory?

2. How old were you when you learned that Santa doesn’t exist?

3. Does your family have any holiday traditions?

4.  What’s the best gift you’ve ever received over the holidays?

5. What’s your favorite outdoor winter activity?

6. White Christmas tree lights or multi-colored lights?

7. What’s your favorite thing to do on Christmas Eve?

8. What’s your favorite part of Diwali celebrations?

9. What’s an unusual Thanksgiving tradition you or your family have?

10. What’s your scariest Halloween experience or one that you have heard about?

💪 Fitness and lifestyle icebreaker questions

These ice breaker questions are great to have teams bond over what keeps coworkers’ fit, calm, and energized.

1. What’s your daily exercise routine?

2. What do you drink or eat to stay healthy?

3. Who would you like as your workout partner from your team?

4. Would you give up on your fovorite dessert to keep fit?

5. What’s your favorite cheat meal?

6. Do you have any tattoo on your body and how does it look like?

7. What piece of clothing best describes you? Why?

8. Are you a planner or spontaneous?

9. How do you relieve stress and anxiety?

BONUS: Conduct Icebreakers With Fun Trivia Games!

Personalized Trivia games can help you break the ice and foster a social connection between your employees. Here are some amazing games that you can play (all games are easy to launch): ⏬

Instant Quizzes

Engage your team with 1000s of quizzes that are fun, easy to launch, and provide a quick five-minute break to your workday. Check out here

Custom Quizzes

Trivia allows you to create your own quizzes. You can create a personalized question bank and hold special events for your teams. Check out here

Gotcha!

An MCQ quiz format with a twist: you can not only fetch points with the right answers but also by fooling others with your wrong answer. Check out here

Word Puzzles

Solve Word Puzzles by rearranging letters to form words. These puzzles are great for competitive team-building exercises.

Vote for opinions with your teammates and stir up some controversy. But, it is just pure fun and sparkles each participant’s creativity.

Pictionary

Right from digital whiteboards, moderators to score calculators, Trivia offer everything you need to play a fun Pictionary without any hassle. Check out here

Virtual Water Cooler

From light-hearted conversation starters to thought-provoking questions, Trivia’s Water Cooler has got you covered. Simply choose the date and time, and the Trivia bot will post a question in a channel of your choice.

Virtual Team Building FAQs

What is a virtual Icebreaker?

Virtual ice breakers are fun activities or talks that help ease any awkwardness when a group comes together for a meeting or informal chat in a virtual environment.

What is virtual team building?

It’s a practice that includes conducting online games and activities that give remote employees an opportunity to socialize and communicate with their teammates.

Why virtual team building activities?

A virtual team-building activity builds an emotional connection between your remote teams and they can learn new things about each other. To get you started, we created a guide on team-building activities.

How can we make our next virtual meeting spicy?

Get inspiration from our virtual ice-breaker activities and let your team know you’re going to conduct these virtual icebreakers frequently.

What are some virtual team-building challenges?

Unreliable technology, slow internet, different time zones, lack of engagement, and participation.

How can we keep our remote workers engaged?

Do formal check-ins with your teams and know their feedback. Also, offer gift cards and reward for winners. You can also use the above-mentioned virtual team-building icebreakers.

How do you use virtual icebreakers with a new team?

Use an icebreaker activity at the start of a meeting. It will help employees relax and get to know each other on a personal level before getting to work.

What is a virtual happy hour?

A virtual happy hour is a way to bring your teammates together on a video call to have some drinks, play some games, or just hang out and chat.

Ready to Break the Ice at Your Next Remote Meeting?

We hope you’ll try one of these virtual icebreakers at your next online meeting. With these ideas, you’ll improve team communication and build trust. 💪

Got some other virtual ice-breakers ideas and questions that can boost the engagement of your remote workers? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Want to bring your teams together? Let Trivia help you connect with your teammates, wherever they are.

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Originally published May 13, 2020 1:22 PM, last updated Oct 12 2022

Pawan Kumar

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