How to Break the Ice and Cut the Small Talk on a First Date

1. The Solve a Murder Icebreaker

Cue The Office theme song… Michael Scott enters… “There’s been a murder…”

In all honesty, Michael was actually on to something! Solving a murder mystery can be a great way to break the ice with your team. Check out Outback’s Virtual Clue Murder Mystery for all types of mystery games that are designed for both the physical and virtual workplaces that help to develop teamwork, communication, and culture building.

Remember… If all else fails… Finger guns galore…

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29. The Instagram Icebreaker

William Joseph To conduct this idea from William Joseph, just give employees a few minutes to scroll through their Instagram photos and pick a snapshot they want to share with the group. They can share the photo and explain why they picked it. This will help some personality shine through, especially if people on your team need to get to know each other. You can also pick a photo to caption together and schedule the Instagram post for a time to review at your next meeting. If you were looking for some team icebreakers – this would be the one.

Energizing Questions Icebreaker

Need an icebreaker that encourages reflection and sharing? These thoughtful questions warm up your meeting while allowing participants to share something that is important to them. Here are many examples of the type of questions you might like to use. They're easy to customize for your meetings. They are easy to choose from depending on the mood you'd like to foster in your meeting, training, or team building session.

2) Find common interest

Navigating through a conversation can look daunting especially if it is your first interaction with that person. How to break the ice and move along with ease is the first thought in your mind. If you are genuinely looking for tips on breaking the ice you need to find a common interest between both of you.

Think carefully and try to remember what you have heard about him previously. Is he interested in any particular activity? Sports are one of the most common grounds of interest between males and accessories between females. You can also try light topics on fashion, movies, travel, food, politics, children or workplace. Once you have found your ice-breaker it will become easy for you to build a genuine relationship with that person through shared interests and authentic conversation.

#7 Marshmallow Challenge

A few years back Peter Skillman, an expert in design and visualization, shared a team activity called the Marshmallow Challenge. The activity has since been shared and attempted tons of times. Like most team building tasks, it was imagined as an in-person activity. There are a couple ways to adapt it to a virtual setting for remote teams, or you can just keep in your back pocket to pull out when everyone’s back in the office. First, I share the basic instructions, and then go into how you can adapt it for an online scenario.

The challenge begins by dividing your team into groups of four. Give every group 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of string, one yard of tape, and a marshmallow. The goal for each team is to build the tallest structure, with the marshmallow on top. This game functions as a fun ice breaker and also gives you insight into how teams work. You can observe individual tendencies, and identify areas for improvement when it comes to communication and processes.

If you’re looking to do this while people work remotely you can divide your groups up ahead of time and provide one person in each group with the necessary supplies (or the funds to purchase them). Then, in virtual breakout rooms have the group discuss how the person with the supplies should configure the items to build the tallest structure possible. The experience will require that group members work together to try new things, listen and add to each other’s ideas, and communicate clearly.

Meetings, meetings, meetings! If your team is starting to sound a little like Jan Brady lamenting all the attention the Marcia gets, as they complain about the amount of meetings there are, take a step back. It could be that you schedule meetings when an email might suffice, or invite people who don’t necessarily need to be in attendance. Or, maybe you need to reconsider how you start a meeting. Why not try taking five minutes for a quick ice breaker? Using ice breakers for meetings, as mentioned multiple times above, can be useful for team building and great for setting the tone. Now that you know how games get people energized and better prepared to collaborate, try starting your next meeting or training session with an icebreaker.

Keep Reading: 5 Ways To Effectively Lead Virtual Team Meetings

Adam Christing is a professional comedy magician, virtual MC, and the founder of CleanComedians.com. He is a member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and a popular virtual comedian, magician, and virtual speaker

2 Random Ice Breaker Questions

via:  Unsplash / Aranxa Esteve

via: Unsplash / Aranxa Esteve

Normal ice breaker questions can be so boring. So why not ask some random questions to liven up the conversation?

Here are 2 random ice breaker questions: 

93. How do you feel about the 5-second rule?

There are so many variations on the rule. It is best just to ask.

94. What is your go-to dance move?

If you ask this question, it’s best to ask for a demonstration as well.

via:  Pexels / Pixabay

via: Pexels / Pixabay

The Best One-Word Icebreaker

This is becoming a new favorite icebreaker for readers. After using it for a couple of years, they find it works well in every meeting, training, and team building session on any topic. In a team-building session on the topic of conflict resolution, participants were asked to start out the session by saying what they think of when they think of conflict. In a second example, in a session on culture, the participants were asked to describe their current culture in one word. Why not try it out? It's definitely fun for participants.

Weapon Blueprints

Every Genshin Impact region boasts some unique weapon blueprints. Dragonspine yields four 4-star blueprints that you can unlock by finishing quests and exploring Dragonspine. Some blueprints to look out for include:

  • Snow-Tombed Starsilver – You can get the blueprints for this weapon by going around Dragonspine, breaking ice patches, and obtaining various achievementsThe Dragonspine Spear – There’s a Worl
  • The Dragonspine Spear – There’s a World questline called Festering Fang. Finish the entire thing, and you’ll get a blueprint for this weapon.The Frostbearer – Level the Frostbearing Tre
  • The Frostbearer – Level the Frostbearing Tree to level 10, and you’ll get a blueprint for this catalyst.

#3 Whose __ is this anyway?

If you’re looking for icebreaker activities in which people can get to know one another a little better, remember that many of us are visual learners. We are able to store information and recall facts down the road more easily when there is a picture or video presented. With “whose ‘blank’ is this anyway?” each person can share a picture or video with the meeting facilitator ahead of time, based on the question, “whose __ is this anyway?” Of course, you’re going to want to fill in the blank with something specific and work appropriate. You can choose a different noun for different meetings, but you might want to stick to the same subject so that everyone is sharing similar pictures.

For example, if you’re leading the meeting, you could tell team members to send you a picture or short video of their pet. Or, perhaps team members can share a picture of their workspace or garden. This is especially good for small groups of people just getting to know each other. It always helps to have a virtual emcee lead the way in case the group is being too shy!

This being a visual exercise has the added bonus of the information really sinking in. Not that you’ll be quizzing each other on your personal information post-meeting, but learning that Kate’s pet parrot can say “I love you, baby” will probably stick with you longer if you actually get to see video proof.

#47: The Burning Questions game

I stole this game from talk show host Ellen Degeneres.

The rules are simple.

You ask her a number of questions, and she has to answer them within 5 seconds.

If she takes longer, then it’s not going to be funny.

So make sure she knows that it’s about speaking her first impulses.

Pro tip:

Do you want to play the Burning Questions Game when you’re on a date?

Then copy these questions into your phone.

Because you’re never going to remember them all.

Here are the 13 questions:

“When you can’t sleep at night, what do you do?”

“What’s your best beauty tip?”

“Give three words that describe you best.”

“You’ve been invited to a dinner, what do you bring?”

“What’s the worst habit that you’ll never unlearn?”

“What fashion trend do you just not get?”

“What’s the song that ALWAYS sticks in your head?”

“What’s the most rebellious thing you did as a teen?”

“Without counting your face, what body part do you look at most in the mirror?”

“Tell me something nobody knows about you.”

“Fill in the blank: I wish I wasn’t too scared to…”

“What’s the craziest place you’ve ever had sex?”

“What’s the last lie you told?”

If she plays along, these questions will lead to hilarious answers.

Also, you’ll get a more accurate picture of who she is.

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Your bro, Dan de Ram

2. Short virtual icebreaker activities

These are great if you want to surprise your participants with a fun little activity and enjoy some bonding time.

#9. Draw your mood

Instead of verbally asking your colleagues how they are at the start of your meeting (which often results in a half-baked ‘fine’, or ‘okay’ here and there), ask them to draw how they are. It’s much more fun and you’ll spark creativity among your colleagues.

During our recent Brand Team meeting, our colleague, Sabine, shared a Zoom Whiteboard with us and asked us to draw our current mood on it. So we channeled our inner Basquiat and came up with something that remotely resembles art. But it was so much fun, we swear!

Here’s how to set up Whiteboard in Zoom:

Here’s how to set up Whiteboard in Zoom:

  1. Click ‘Share Screen’, choose ‘Whiteboard’ and click ‘Share’
  2. Tell each participant to click ‘Annotate‘ in the upper panel
  3. Pick any type of annotation tools you like – drawing, shapes, texts – you name it!

Note: Are you running your meetings in a hybrid setup? Then make sure that each of your on-site team members joins the video conference from their own device so they can participate in the activity.

#10. Highlight of the month

Here’s a great way to lift people’s spirits. Crowdsource your colleagues’ personal or professional highlights from the last week or month.

Thanks to this icebreaker, you can see what other people have been up to, and have experienced, and you can celebrate some of your top moments.

As you kick off your meeting, ask your teammates to post their highlights in an open text poll. Then, display the highlights on the screen, and give a shout-out to each one.

It’s good to remind people of all the remark

It’s good to remind people of all the remarkable work that they’ve done. For example, in our Slido marketing team, we share highlights as part of our monthly all-marketing meeting.

#11. Unsung heroes

This is not only an icebreaker but a morale booster as well. And we all need that now and then, especially when working in isolation.

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?”

Acknowledging people for the effort they’re puttin

Acknowledging people for the effort they’re putting in is a wonderful way to start a meeting. Expect lots of hearty “awws”.

? Tip Combine the word cloud with an open text poll, so that people can also leave a heart-warming message for their nominated silent hero.

#12. What are you thankful for?

This ice-breaking activity is ideal, for instance, before Thanksgiving or as a morale booster during special team meetings.

Ask people to submit what they are grateful for or who from the team they would like to thank.

You may open your meeting with this question, either via word cloud or an open text poll, and wait for your team members’ submissions.

Then, display people’s submissions on the screen and ask your colleagues to share what they put in and why.

It’s a nice bonding moment and helps you start the meeting on a positive note.

#13. Team photo

A list of virtual icebreakers wouldn’t be complete without a group photo! This one’s as much fun through a video chat as much as it is in real life. And you can repeat it time and time again by taking a different picture each time — make funny faces, bring in your pets, do a crazy gesture, be creative.

Take inspiration from our Customer Care Team!

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 These photos also make nice content for yo

? Tip These photos also make nice content for your social media, internal newsletters, or Slack channels!

#14. Guess whose desk?

Get to know your colleagues a little better, and take a sneak-peek into their home work stations. This icebreaker is a mixture of ‘Guess who?’ and a house tour.

Collect pictures from your colleagues of their desks at home and add them into Slido multiple choice polls with a question: “Can you guess whose desk this is?” and give several options.

Then, once at a meeting, let your colleagues guess

Then, once at a meeting, let your colleagues guess away!

#15. Weekend photo contest

A slow start after the weekend? Run a quick weekend photo contest to get your teammates talking. Tell them to share a cool photo from their weekend – for example in a Slack channel.

You can then put people’s names in a Slido multiple choice poll and have your colleagues vote for the best shot!

#16. What’s the last picture that you took?

Similar to the previous icebreaker, this one is probably even more fun: Ask your colleagues to go to their phones, and dig out the last photo that they took. Ask them to either post it to your Slack channel or simply show it to the camera. Then, ask them to share a story behind the picture (if it’s not a secret!).

It’s a sweet little activity to make people talk and get to know one another better.

#17. Random question of the week

Here’s another one from the ‘Get to know your colleagues better’ virtual icebreakers. Set up a new tradition and ask your team one random question each week or month.

For example:

  • What’s the most useless thing you have in your home?
  • What would your superpower be if you had one?
  • What one thing should everybody stop doing right now?
  • What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?

We actually started doing this as a weekly activity in our #random Slack channel. We’ve since learned so many cool new things about one another!

In Conclusion

In Conclusion

Nobody bats a thousand. Sometimes, people may want to keep their iciness fully intact. In those situations, simply move on. There are plenty of people out there who are happy to open up, and those are the people who these ice breaker questions are geared towards.

Getting to know new people is one of the best ways to enrich yourself, so get out there and start chipping away at some icy layers. Usually, you’re going to find that there’s a warm soul underneath just waiting to be let out.

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