10 Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers and Tools to Spur Interaction in 2020

In this post, we’ll cover…

  • Why Use Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers?
  • When to Use Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers
  • Top 10 Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers
  • The All-In-One Tool for Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers

Why Use Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers?

5 Benefits of Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers

  1. Better engagement — The most well-known benefit of any ice breaker is to help your participants relax before the real meat of the session begins. Encouraging everyone to participate at the start of the meeting sets a precedent for the rest of it. People who are engaged at the start of the meeting are more likely to be engaged throughout. This is crucial in a virtual meeting where it’s super easy to tune out.
  2. Better idea sharing — Not only are your participants more engaged, but they’re more likely to give their best ideas. A big reason why your employees aren’t sharing their best ideas during in-person meetings is because they’re weary of judgement. Online software that allows participant anonymity and that works in conjuction with Zoom can coax the best out of everyone.
  3. Levelling the playing field — Virtual meeting ice breakers give everyone a say. They help to break down the boundaries between different job titles, or in today’s global environment, different cultures. They allow even your quietest participant (the one with his camera off and his microphone muted) to put forward great ideas that will spur engagement for the rest of the meeting.
  4. Encouraging teamwork from afar — Your team may be feeling pretty disconnected from their co-workers if they’ve been out of the office for months. There’s nothing better to stimulate teamwork online than a virtual meeting ice breaker. You can do this through team-based quizzes, activities or open-ended questions, all of which get your staff back to working together.
  5. Giving you a better idea of your team — Some people are more adapted to working from home than others — that’s a fact. Virtual meeting ice breakers give you a chance to gauge the mood in the room and tailor the rest of the meeting accordingly.

When to Use Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers

  • At the start of every meeting — Yeah, really, every meeting. The activities of the meeting’s first 5 minutes are just too beneficial not to have every single time your team gets together online.
  • With a new team — Zoom meetings with a bunch of strangers are rightly terrifying. If your team are all going to be working together for a while, you need to smash that ice as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • After a company merger — There’s always animosity in the air when two teams from two different companies are forced into an abrupt partnership. A steady supply of virtual meeting ice breakers throughout your online get-togethers helps to remove suspicion about ‘the other team’ and get everyone on the same page.
  • As a closer — Who says your ice breakers have to start a meeting? Well, actually, they should, but they can also end a few as well. Having a fun ice breaker at the end of a meeting cuts through the business-heavy atmopshere of the previous 55 minutes and gives your staff a reason to sign off feeling positive.

Top 10 Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers

Ice Breaker #1: Where Are You From?

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Ice Breaker #2: Which Image or GIF Describes Your Mood?

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Ice Breaker #3: How Do You Plan to Engage?

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Ice Breaker #4: Share an Embarrassing Story

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Ice Breaker #5: Virtual Doodling

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Ice Breaker #6: Pop Quiz!

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Ice Breaker #7: You Nailed It!

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Ice Breaker #8: Spin the Wheel

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Ice Breaker #9: Pitch a Movie

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Ice Breaker #10: Grill the Gaffer

  • Grill: To question someone intensely.
  • Gaffer: The boss.

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The All-In-One Tool for Virtual Meeting Ice Breakers

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