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The Ultimate List of Icebreaker Questions

Hosting productive meetings takes work, planning, and solid communication skills. You can’t dive straight into heavy talk and expect everyone else to start firing on all cylinders. Participants may be shy, nervous, or just lack the energy for a dynamic meeting first thing in the morning — especially before coffee.

Instead, it’s best to ease participants into conversations and build momentum — and that’s where icebreaker questions come into play.

Below, we share 200 of the best icebreaker questions ideal for a variety of situations, whether you’re trying to make new employees feel welcome during a sprint retrospective, make virtual meetings less awkward, or just keep spirits up on a long, hard day.

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Funny icebreaker questions

  1. You’re stuck in a zombie apocalypse — which two famous people (living or dead) do you want to team-up with to survive, and why?
  2. What would you prefer: Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility or Iron Man’s armor, and why?
  3. If you could read minds, which celebrities would you make a beeline for and why?
  4. If you had the freedom to commit a crime and were guaranteed to get away with it, what would you do?
  5. What fictional character would you like to be for a day, and what would you do?
  6. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen, and what moment made you laugh hardest?
  7. If you had to choose a famous person to narrate the story of your life, who would you pick?
  8. If you had to marry one of your high school teachers, who would you pick and why?
  9. If you were stuck in a lift with a stranger, what song would you suggest you sing to keep your spirits up?
  10. You have unlimited financing to invent the most ridiculous thing you can think of: what do you make?
  11. Would you rather be Batman or Superman, and why?
  12. What’s the best sandwich you’ve ever eaten?
  13. Who’s the worst person you could be stranded on a desert island with?
  14. If you could go back in time to any moment in history, what would you choose?
  15. What’s the most bizarre food you’ve ever eaten?
  16. What five toppings would you put on the pizza of your dreams?
  17. What’s the worst TV commercial you’ve ever seen and why?
  18. What song would you be forced to listen to on repeat in hell?
  19. If you could add a silly new rule to your favorite sport, what would it be?
  20. Which two politicians (living or dead) would you love to see in a cage fight?
  21. Which TV show has the best theme song?
  22. What’s the worst song lyric ever?
  23. If you could bungee jump off any spot, what would it be?
  24. If you could bring back any past fashion trend, what would it be?
  25. If you could ask aliens any question, what would it be?

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Icebreaker questions to welcome new staff

  1. What’s your strongest skill?
  2. What’s your favorite holiday destination?
  3. What three things would you take to a desert island with you?
  4. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
  5. What song would you sing if we had a karaoke machine here in the office?
  6. What was your first job?
  7. What skills did you learn from your first job?
  8. What was your first pet?
  9. What meal would you cook to impress someone?
  10. What’s your go-to dance move?
  11. What’s your favorite book and why?
  12. Where did you grow up, and would you go back?
  13. If you could relocate anywhere on Earth, where would you go?
  14. What’s the best meme you’ve ever seen?
  15. What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
  16. What was your favorite class at school and why?
  17. What’s your favorite movie genre and why?
  18. What’s your best quality?
  19. What’s the best Christmas gift you ever received?
  20. What’s the worst Christmas gift you ever gave?
  21. How would your friends describe you?
  22. What languages can you speak?
  23. What languages do you wish you could speak and why?
  24. Can you play any musical instruments?
  25. Would you rather be at the beach or in a cozy cabin?
  26. Do you have any hobbies?
  27. Have you ever met one of your heroes?
  28. Where would you like to retire and why?
  29. What’s your favorite color and why?
  30. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
  31. What skills would you like to learn in this role?
  32. What job would you love to have and why?
  33. Have you ever tried to learn a martial art?
  34. If you could speak any language right now, what would it be and why?
  35. Who was your favorite high school teacher and why?

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Small group icebreaker questions

  1. Here’s a meme: what’s the best caption you can think of?
  2. If we all had to sing a song right now, what would it be and why?
  3. Can everyone think of one thing that makes you unique?
  4. Can we guess each other’s ideal vacation destination?
  5. Can we vote on who would be the worst possible boss?
  6. What one thing would we all add to the office if we could?
  7. What advice would you give to yourself at 10 years old?
  8. What’s the best Disney movie and why?
  9. What would be the name of a reality series set in our office?
  10. What sport would you like to compete in at the Olympics?
  11. Can everyone name two life lessons they learned at school or college?
  12. What did you want to be as a child and why?
  13. What book would you recommend we all read?
  14. Have you ever taken part in an extreme sport?
  15. What’s the best fancy dress costume you’ve ever worn?
  16. What skill would you bring to the group if we were stranded on a desert island?
  17. What would our name be if we all formed a band?
  18. What’s the first gig we all went to?
  19. What’s the worst slogan we can think of for our company?
  20. What’s the best slogan we can think of for our company?

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Icebreaker questions for virtual meetings

  1. Do you prefer working from home or in an office?
  2. What room do you spend most time in?
  3. Do you take a longer lunch break at home?
  4. Do you work in your PJs often?
  5. Can you list three reasons why working at home is better?
  6. What tools do you find helpful for remote work?
  7. What’s your favorite Zoom background?
  8. Would you work remotely all the time if you could?
  9. What’s the most awkward virtual meeting you’ve attended?
  10. Do you prefer virtual meetings to in-person meetings?
  11. Coffee or tea to get you through long meetings?
  12. Do you listen to any podcasts or music while you work remotely?
  13. What do you have to have around you as you work remotely?
  14. What’s the weather like where you are?
  15. Can you show off your workspace?
  16. Can you describe the past week in three words?
  17. What are the three best things you’ve done in the past week?
  18. If you tell me two truths and one lie about yourself, do you think I can guess which is a lie?
  19. Can you draw a picture that summarizes your day so far?
  20. What album/playlist should we listen to while we chat?
  21. Where in the world would you like to be talking to us from now?

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General icebreaker questions for work

  1. Has a movie ever changed your life?
  2. Has a book ever changed your life?
  3. What common activity have you never done?
  4. What popular food have you never tried?
  5. What’s one classic movie you’ve never watched?
  6. What so-bad-it’s-good movie do you recommend?
  7. What was your favorite cartoon series as a kid?
  8. Which app can’t you do without and why?
  9. What’s the biggest thing you ever built with Lego?
  10. What takes a long time to achieve but is worth the effort?
  11. What topic do you feel qualified to hold a one-hour presentation on?
  12. If you could create a rollercoaster, what would it be?
  13. What one thing do you wish more people knew or understood?
  14. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
  15. Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
  16. What do you think makes someone interesting?
  17. Are you more productive in the morning or afternoon?
  18. What comfort food never fails to cheer you up?
  19. Where did you meet your partner or best friend?
  20. How much time do you spend on your phone daily, on average?
  21. What was your first car?
  22. When did you learn to drive?
  23. What lesson do you wish you learned earlier in life?
  24. What challenges are you most proud to have overcome?
  25. Do you have a good work-life balance at the moment?
  26. What do you wish you could dedicate more time to?
  27. What new subject should be taught in school and why?
  28. What do you notice about new people you meet first and why?
  29. What productivity tools do you rely on most?
  30. How often do you use social media?
  31. Have you ever received a tweet from a celebrity?
  32. What’s the best thing about social media?
  33. What’s the worst thing about social media?
  34. What activity do you wish you spent less time doing?
  35. Who’s the smartest person you know?
  36. Do you have any creative interests?
  37. What’s the best video game you’ve ever played and why?
  38. If you played video games growing up, what do you think they taught you?
  39. What inspires you to work hard?
  40. Would you try home improvement yourself or hire a professional instead?
  41. Have you ever repaired something at home yourself?
  42. What academic achievement are you most proud of?
  43. What sport could you not live without?
  44. Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
  45. How do you motivate yourself to do something you don’t want to?
  46. What talent would you like to learn and why?
  47. Do you have a party trick?
  48. What three things in life are you most grateful to have?
  49. Who did you look up to as a child?
  50. Who do you look up to as an adult?
  51. What are the most attractive character traits?
  52. What do you consider most valuable in good colleagues?
  53. Do you have any favorite inspirational quotes?
  54. Which three places do you want to visit before you die?
  55. What do you feel most nostalgic for from your childhood?
  56. What TV show do you wish would come back and why?
  57. What’s the best song ever written and why?
  58. What’s the most famous work of art you’ve ever seen in person?
  59. Do you have any unusual traditions?
  60. What’s the best local coffee shop and why?
  61. What’s your favorite board game?
  62. What’s your favorite dessert?
  63. What’s the best birthday you ever had?
  64. What car would you love to drive?
  65. If you could explore a famous person’s home, who would you choose and why?
  66. What’s your favorite form of transport and why?
  67. What’s your go-to vacation book or magazine?
  68. Do you prefer the country or the city?
  69. Do you prefer red wine or white wine?
  70. If you had to host a game show, which would it be and why?
  71. What job are you glad you don’t have to do?
  72. What do you think the next big technological breakthrough will be?
  73. What’s your favorite type of animal and why?
  74. What’s the silliest mistake you’ve made at work?
  75. What’s the most expensive piece of technology you’ve ever bought?
  76. What was your first cell phone?
  77. What one feature do you wish your phone had?
  78. If you had to create a new app, what would it do and why?
  79. What’s the most pointless fact you know?
  80. What subject do you wish you knew more about?
  81. If you had to teach a class, what would it be?
  82. If you started your own business, what would you do?
  83. How do you tend to watch, read, or hear news?
  84. If you have a day to yourself, what do you like to do?
  85. Do you find making decisions easy or hard?
  86. Do you find motivating others easier than motivating yourself?
  87. Do you think you’d make a good business leader?
  88. What are the three most important qualities in a good leader?
  89. Have you ever regretted sending an email?
  90. Who would be your ideal dinner guest and why?
  91. You can only eat one type of potato chip for the rest of your life: what is it?
  92. What household chores do you find the hardest?
  93. What household chores do you enjoy doing?
  94. What do you think you can do better than anyone else you know?
  95. What’s the most recent personal goal you achieved?
  96. Are there any changes you’d like to make to your life in the next year?
  97. Have you ever given a presentation at an event?
  98. What do you consider your biggest professional achievement so far?
  99. How would you fill your time if you were wealthy enough to not work?
  100. Who’s the best co-worker you’ve ever had and why?
  101. What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve made in a past job?
  102. The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are 3 people you want on your team?
  103. Who was your childhood actor/actress crush?
  104. What was your first job?
  105. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
  106. What is your favorite movie?
  107. What is your favorite band?
  108. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
  109. One Word for describing yourself
  110. What’s Your theme song?
  111. What’s your spirit animal?
  112. Two Truths and a Lie about yourself
  113. What’s Your Favorite Meal?
  114. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
  115. Seen any good movies lately you’d recommend?

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Jenny Wang, a psychologist recommends these ice breakers in the age of Corona Virus.

Icebreaker questions in the age of Corona Virus

  1. What is something you’ve been putting off doing that you now suddenly have time for?
  2. What shows/movies have been helping you cope?
  3. What’s one small thing you’re doing to bring a little joy or comfort into your day?
  4. How do you stay focused when working from home?
  5. What’s the most hilarious thing you’ve seen that distracted you from work?
  6. If you had a mantra right now, what would it be?
  7. Who do you see most now?
  8. What do you love about being stuck with that person/people?
  9. What are you going to do today?
  10. Who else are you video chatting with?
  11. What exercises will you do?
  12. What are you reading?

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These 200+ icebreaker questions should give you plenty of conversation starters in almost any situation, from learning about new employees to hosting virtual meetings and helping groups get to know each other.

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