Icebreaker Questions for Meetings

Getting to Know You Questions for Icebreakers in Meetings and Team Building

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Want ideas for helping participants get to know each other at a meeting, training session or team building event? These icebreaker questions for meetings focus on participants sharing about their past and present lives.

The icebreaker questions chosen do not require participants to reveal more about themselves than they are comfortable discussing in the workplace. This is why these simple questions are effective in a meeting.

Your attendees can share superficial, non-personal information that still allows coworkers or the other session participants to get to know each other without the embarrassment of becoming closer than they want to become.

The goal of icebreakers for meetings is to engage the group in early conversation that stays within the comfort zone of your participants. If you make your participants uncomfortable from the beginning, then your icebreakers for meetings will fail. It is also likely that your meeting or training session will not succeed.

You can use these questions to help participants get to know each other. Your participants will appreciate starting out their meeting with quiet laughter and the chance to share something about themselves in a comfortable, supportive environment.

You can also customize the questions that your participants answer so that their responses lead directly into the topic or subject matter of the meeting.

For example, in a meeting that is focused on building an organization's culture, you might ask your participants to describe their most appreciated aspect of your current culture.

In a second example, if the training session is focused on how to improve meetings, you might start the session by asking participants to identify the aspects of their current meetings that drive them crazy.

In a training session on employee motivation, you can ask your participants to describe what most motivates them at work. In a session on improving communication, ask your attendees to think of an excellent business communicator and describe what he or she does that makes the individual effective.

Here are guidelines about how to facilitate and use these ice breaker questions for meetings.

Try these get to know you icebreakers for meetings. 

Icebreakers for Meetings and Getting to Know Each Other

Here are sample icebreakers for meetings. Your feedback about how the icebreakers for meetings worked is always welcome.

  • What event do you remember most fondly from high school?
  • Who was your favorite elementary school teacher and why?
  • What's a favorite family memory that has stuck with you into your adult life? Why?
  • How do you use the information that you learned in your favorite class in your life today?
  • What spectator activities do you most enjoy attending and watching?
  • What was the most memorable event that you experienced in college?
  • What is the most memorable vacation you've taken in the past?
  • What's rocking your world this month?
  • What's the craziest thing you've ever done in your life?
  • What's your favorite activity to do locally and why?
  • Can you share three things about you that you think no one here knows?
  • What was your least favorite class in college and why?
  • What part of your current job is your favorite?
  • Share one thing that you love to do that you get to do nearly every day.
  • What's your most significant current challenge?
  • What would you like to accomplish in your job this year?
  • What is your favorite local restaurant and the meal you most enjoy eating when there?
  • What outdoor activities do you most enjoy? How often do you get time to participate?
  • What is one goal that you plan to accomplish during your adult lifetime?
  • Describe your dream vacation.
  • If money were not a consideration, what kind of a car would you buy?
  • What do you enjoy in your favorite breakfast that you make at home?
  • What is the best meal that you have ever made for dinner?
  • If you could only travel to one more country, which country would you choose?
  • What is your favorite color and why did you pick it over all of the other choices?
  • If you had the opportunity to adopt a pet, what kind of a pet would you get and why?
  • When you think of the behavior of your coworkers, what behavior tends to drive you craziest?
  • What are the characteristics of the best boss you ever had? What made him or her great?
  • What is your favorite activity in your current job? How often do you get to do it?
  • If money were not a consideration, how would you spend the days of your life?

The use of an effective starter question sets the tone and tempo for your entire session. Hopefully, you have found these samples useful. Ready to write your own icebreaker questions? See how to develop an icebreaker and how to make team building sessions successful.

The varieties of questions that you ask your participants to discuss are limited only by your imagination and your knowledge about what your group enjoys. With strangers, try these questions to see what works best over time to generate comfortable discussion during your meetings.

Recommended Ice Breaker Questions for Meetings and Work

These are additional sample questions that you can use to start out your meeting, retreat or training class. In the right circumstances, use the ice breaker question as the focus or content of the meeting.