You might cringe when you hear the word “icebreaker,” but done in the right space at the right time, icebreakers can actually be pretty fun, not to mention, effective!
But what about in this new, mostly virtual world we’re all living in? Are icebreakers still effective? And if so, what are a few easy ones?
Well, the short answer is...yes! And below are four for the picking:
1. Two Truths and a Lie
This one’s a classic, and it works just as well in a virtual meeting environment as it does when participants are face-to-face.
Have each person state three things about themselves — two of which are true and one of which is a lie. (These statements can be in any order.) Then, have the group guess which one they think is the lie. (You might be surprised at what’s actually true!)
2. Would You Rather?
Another easy icebreaker for virtual meetings is the classic “Would You Rather?” game. Prior to the meeting, come up with a list of “Would you rather…” questions. For example…
- Would you rather never have to wait in line or always have a parking spot?
- Would you rather travel 100 years into the future or 100 years into the past?
- Would you rather spend one year sailing around the world or one year living in your favorite foreign country?
Go around the virtual event “room” and ask attendees if they’d rather do A or B. To keep things interesting, switch up the questions from person to person.
3. Stranded on a Desert Island
Another tried-and-true tactic. Sure, it may not be revolutionary, but when you’re getting together a new group of people, it gets the conversation going...quickly.
With this one, again, go around the virtual “room,” but this time, ask each person, “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be and why?”
You’ll quickly learn what people care about most and/or how clever they can be!
4. How Are You Feeling? (Emoji-style!)
This one works well particularly if you have a large group of people in attendance. Ask everyone to submit (via the chatbox) the emoji that best describes them at that time.
You might get food emojis for people who are hungry, a coffee emoji for people who are tired, a muscle emoji for people who are pumped up and ready to go...the possibilities are endless. But you can then use those emojis to drive the conversation. “Patrick, you picked an otter. What’s that all about?!”
Have you conducted any virtual icebreakers of your own? Or participated in a particularly fun one? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!