51 Ice Breaker Questions for Virtual Meetings

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October 14, 2020

This post includes our list of ice breaker questions for virtual meetings.

Virtual icebreaker questions are prompts you include in a virtual meeting for attendees to share a little about themselves and do some team building. For example, you might prompt with “your name, your role, and where you consider home.” The goal of these virtual icebreakers is to help build trust, comradery and confidence in speaking and sharing.

These questions are a subset of icebreaker questions and virtual team building activities.

Specifically, we’ve included:

  • virtual team building questions
  • icebreaker questions for virtual meetings
  • fun virtual icebreaker questions
  • virtual happy hour icebreaker questions

And more 🙂

So, check out our list of virtual icebreaker questions.

Update: Download a PDF of these questions.

List of virtual icebreaker questions

Here is a list of short virtual ice breaker questions you can use as bonding activities in virtual meetings or conference calls. The list is organized into easy, medium and hard icebreakers and you should assign them to your team based on how well connected you already are.

Easy virtual icebreaker questions

  1. What did you eat for breakfast?
  2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  3. Bacon or avocado?
  4. Tea or coffee?
  5. Dogs or cats?
  6. On a scale of 1 – 10, how experienced are you with remote work?
  7. How long have you worked from home?
  8. Where did you grow up?
  9. Where do you consider “home”?
  10. Which web browser do you use most?

Medium virtual icebreaker questions

  1. What is your favorite “work from home” exercise?
  2. Would you rather work from the beach or a mountain cabin?
  3. Where is your dream location to work from?
  4. Do you have a pet?
  5. What do you like most about remote work?
  6. Would you rather start early or work late?
  7. What is the most unique thing you have within reach of your desk?
  8. What is the last book your read?
  9. What is your typing speed?
  10. Are you wearing socks?
  11. Do you remember your ICQ number?
  12. Where would you choose to haunt for all of eternity?
  13. What is the best thing about the internet?
  14. Did you brush your teeth today?
  15. What is your favorite website?
  16. What was your first online search?
  17. What is the story behind the background on your phone?
  18. Have you ever left a 1 star review online?

Difficult virtual icebreaker questions

  1. Do you have any remote work productivity hacks?
  2. What is a best practice when working from home?
  3. Which blog written by a single author is your favorite?
  4. What is your WiFi name?
  5. What is the last website you visited?
  6. Do you have a favorite news site?
  7. What is the most challenging part of working from home?
  8. Who is the last person you talked to in IRL?
  9. What was your first online username?
  10. What work from home habit is most successful for you?
  11. What is your go-to excuse for being late to virtual meetings?
  12. What is the most interesting online article you’ve read lately?
  13. What is your most popular tweet?
  14. What is your most popular social media post?
  15. Have you ever gone viral online?
  16. When was the last time you showered?
  17. Which website do you spend the most time on?
  18. What is the last YouTube video you watched?
  19. What was your most recent Google search?
  20. Would you vote online?
  21. What is the first website you remember visiting?
  22. What is your earliest memory of the internet?
  23. Which app do you use most frequently?

How to run effective ice breaker questions for virtual meetings

Running a round of remote icebreaker questions on popular virtual conference call apps is challenging because you have fewer virtual cues. In person, you can form a circle, while on video you may not even know what order your people are in.

The solution is for the host or facilitator to start by saying they will go first, followed by the next two people on deck. Once you get to the third person, name the next two people on deck and so on. This system gives each participant clarity on who is going next and when it is their turn.

Best practices:

  1. Volunteer to go first
  2. Name the next person up and two people on deck
  3. Start with easy questions to help folks get comfortable
  4. Split groups of 15+ into smaller groups
  5. Include icebreakers in every virtual meeting

Conclusion

Icebreaker questions are an easy way to increase engagement in a virtual meeting. You can use any of the questions on this list or create your own. You will be happy you included a few icebreakers in your call.

By the way, other ways to break the ice include telling icebreaker jokes and playing online team building games.

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Author: Michael Alexis

CEO of teambuilding.com. I write about my experience working with and leading remote teams since 2010.

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  1. Yolanda Gonzalez
    April 30, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    This was very helpful. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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