As a manager, starting meetings right and setting the tone for the meeting is so important! Settling into the meeting especially in a remote work environment is so challenging and usually teams will jump straight into the meeting agenda.
To run a successful meeting its critical that you break the ice with a casual topic first. But what topic, you ask? How many times can you ask everyone how there weekend was? or how they are liking the weather? Don’t you wish there was a really long list of questions and you could just scroll down to one for your next meeting? Don’t worry, we got you. We have a list of 389 great icebreaker questions for work.
1.If you could have unlimited supply to one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?
2.What was the last thing you did that gav e you child-like joy?
3.What’s the last thing you did at work that made you feel proud of yourself?
4.What’s a landmark, popular destination, or local hangout spot that you either frequented or avoided when you were growing up?
5.If you had to step in to teach a high school class today, which subject would you teach?
6.What’s the most difficult job in the world?
7.Name one thing that’s really changed about your hometown in the last 10 years
8.What’s a time when someone did something you appreciated (at work or in another context), but you didn’t let them know?
9.You’re cooking for the whole team, what is your signature dish?
10.What’s the next item on your bucket list?
11.What’s something that doesn’t deserve the hate it gets?
12.Have you learned any useful productivity hacks recently?
13.What problem are you currently grappling with?
14.What song do you jam to while you work?
15.What’s something our team is good at?
16.What fictional world or place would you like to visit?
17.What’s one area in which you could use a mentor to improve?
18.How do you get motivated for difficult tasks?
19.What’s one characteristic you admire in others?
20.Are you a morning person or a night owl?
21.Which professional skill do you hope to develop in your lifetime?
22.If it were your birthday today, what gift would you like to receive?
23.What’s something from your childhood that you still love today?
24.If you could instantly know everything about a specific topic, which would it be and why?
25.Name a healthy food you enjoy and an unhealthy food that you find hard to resist
26.What’s a food, smell, or sound that you associate with where you grew up?
27.If you had to give a lecture on one thing, what would it be?
28.What’s one thing you’ve been procrastinating on and can’t finish?
29.What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
30.What’s something you rebelled against as a kid?
31.What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say the word: teamwork?
32.What is your favorite cuisine
33.If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
34.What was your first job?
35.What’s the most awkward thing that happens to you on a regular basis?
36.What ice cream flavour sums up your personality today?
37.How have you changed in the last year?
38.What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done for fun?
39.What’s your guilty pleasure when you have free time during the week?
40.If you could have an animal sidekick, what animal would it be?
41.What is the last thing that shocked you?
42.What current fact about your life would most impress your five-year-old self?
43.Which bucket list item do you most want to check off this year?
44.If you could live with any fictional character, who would you choose?
45.If you were setting off to Mars and could take only one luxury item with you, what would it be?
46.What’s your current obsession?
47.If you weren’t in your current role, what job would you be doing?
48.If you had $1M, but couldn’t spend a penny of it on yourself, what would you spend it on?
49.If you were coming onto a stage, what would your entrance song be?
50.If you could become a supernatural creature at night, what would it be, and why?
51.What topic could you spend hours talking about?
52.What is the most used emoji on your phone right now?
53.An epic feast is held in your honor, what’s on the table?
54.Show us something in your space that you really like
55.What’s one productivity tool you couldn’t live without, and what makes it indispensable?
56.What’s the best part about working from home?
57.What do you enjoy most in your work
58.If you had unlimited time and resources, how would you spend your days?
59.Are you a dog person or a cat person?
60.Which animal best represents you today?
61.Which TV show most resembles your life right now?
62.What would be the one other language that you want to speak?
63.What color best describes your personality today?
64.When you’re feeling stressed, how do you deal with it?
65.What’s the most useful thing you own?
66.What’s got your attention today, and why?
67.What’s something you most need help with in your life right now?
68.If you didn’t have to sleep, how would you spend these extra 8 hours?
69.If you were reincarnated as an animal what would you choose and why?
70.What’s the story of your name?
71.If you could stay an age all your life, what age would you choose?
72.You’ve been chosen to represent your country in a global competition. What sport or activity are you doing?
73.What fictional world would you most like to live in?
74.If you could trade roles with anyone on your team, who would it be?
75.Share something no one on the call would guess about you
76.What’s something you’ve really missed doing, but never have time?
77.What’s a cause or purpose you deeply believe in?
78.Name one thing that stresses you out
79.What’s a movie you always recommend to people? Why do you love it?
80.On the scale of 1 (low) - 5 (high), what is your level of morale like today?
81.If you had to sing karaoke right now, which song would you pick?
82.What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
83.What simple thing still blows your mind?
84.What’s one thing you want to do in life, but don’t know where to start?
85.If your home was packed full of golf balls how would you remove them?
86.What criteria helps you decide whether to say ‘no’ to something or commit to it?
87.If you could bring back a fashion trend, what would it be?
88.What’s the last book you quit reading, and why?
89.Have you tried something for the first time recently?
90.Heard any good tips lately?
91.What’s something you would change if you ran the world?
92.What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
93.What’s one of the biggest risks you’ve taken in your career? How do you feel about having taken it?
94.Name something you think is cool that most people think is boring
95.If you played a musical instrument, which would you play?
96.If you were a takeaway food, what would sum up your day and why?
97.What does an awesome day at work look like?
98.What was your favorite class in school? Why?
99.What’s one thing many people hate, but you love?
100.Do you have a non-work goal you’re working towards right now? What is it?
101.If you could be one other person, who would that person be and why?
102.What’s one of your pet peeves?
103.Name three things that are always on your desk in your home office space
104.Name a TV show you think is under-rated.
105.If you won a trip for two to Las Vegas, who would you take with you?
106.What healthy food tastes just as good to you as unhealthy food?
107.What’s your current cellphone wallpaper?
108.What’s your favorite thing about the place you live?
109.What was your least favorite class in high school?
110.What’s the most difficult thing you’ve had to learn how to do recently?
111.What’s the last thing you completed that you’re proud of?
112.What’s something you couldn’t live without?
113.What was your favorite subject in high school?
114.What’s your best purchase this past year?
115.Give me one word to decribe our team and company
116.How do you spend your lunch break?
117.What’s something people don’t worry about but really should?
118.Would you rather see Prince or Freddie Mercury in concert?
119.What bad habit have you kicked and how did you do it?
120.What’s something common from your childhood that will seem strange to future generations?
121.If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
122.If you could go back to college, what would you major in?
123.Which celebrity would you be able to survive a duo road trip with?
124.Name one thing you absolutely rock at
125.What’s a small act of kindness you were once shown, that you’ll never forget?
126.Is there any topic lately that you would like to be mentored on?
127.What’s something that you will never understand?
128.Would you rather talk like Yoda or breathe like Darth Vader?
129.What’s an unusual skill you’d love to master?
130.What do you value most in a friendship?
131.Where did you grow up and what was it like?
132.What were some of your favorite activities as a kid?
133.How do your parents describe your work?
134.If you had to eat only one dish for the rest of time, what would it be?
135.If you had to disappear and start a whole new life, what would you want your new life to look like?
136.Would you rather travel to Italy for a week or do a stay-cation in your own town?
137.What’s something on your desk, a nearby wall, or out the window that cheers you up during the day?
138.A genie appears and grants you a wish for someone else in the world. Who and what do you make a wish for?
139.What’s a book that affected you so deeply (emotionally or intellectually) that you still regularly think about it?
140.What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?
141.What is the craziest request you have got in your career?
142.If you had to go without drinking coffee or tea for the rest of your life, which one would you choose to live without?
143.Share something you discovered at work that surprised you
144.What’s something new or interesting you’ve learned recently?
145.Name a historical figure that inspires you?
146.Which fictional character would you want by your side during a zombie apocalypse?
147.What’s something new you’ve learned about yourself in the last three months?
148.If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
149.What’s your favorite family tradition?
150.How do you recognize when you’re stressed?
151.Tell us about a stranger you still remember
152.Do you work better with or without music? What are you listening to while you work?
153.Describe your dream house
154.Where do you feel most at home (other than your home)?
155.If this year were a song, which song would it be?
156.Would you rather have the power to fly or to teleport?
157.What are you reading right now?
158.What’s your favourite ride at a theme park?
159.When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you read?
160.Do you prefer Slack or Zoom for work-related conversations?
161.What was your favorite moment last week?
162.Name someone in your life that inspires you?
163.What is your proudest accomplishment?
164.What’s something that puts you in a state of flow?
165.What was your favorite breakfast as a kid?
166.Do you prefer books or TV shows?
167.What smell or image triggers nostalgia for you?
168.Would you rather sit through a Star Wars marathon or a Lord of the Rings marathon?
169.What’s your favorite TV show of all time”
170.What is the weirdest thing in your Netflix queue right now?
171.What is something you were known for in college/high school?
172.What is your dream job?
173.What is the last place, outside of the country in which you live, that you travelled?
174.It’s your first day on the job as an evil villain.What’s the first piece of mischief you commit?
175.What’s your guilty pleasure right now?
176.What’s one activity that grants you pure escapism?
177.If you had a time machine, would you go back in time to meet your ancestors, or forward in time to meet your descendents?
178.What’s an organization or private company you admire and why?
179.What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
180.When was the last time you felt unbounded optimism?
181.What does your ideal day look like?
182.If you had to get a tattoo on a dare, what would it be?
183.What are you nostalgic about recently?
184.If you could have one superpower today, what would it be, and for what purpose?
185.What’s your favorite dad joke?
186.Where does your to-do list live?
187.What’s something you’re looking forward to, and why?
188.Are you a tea person or a coffee person?
189.What’s something you admire about the people on our team?
190.On the scale from 1 (not too busy) to 10 (too busy for my own good), how busy are you this week?
191.If you had to describe how you’re feeling right now as an amusement park ride, what ride are you on?
192.Who was your childhood actor or actress crush?
193.What’s one food you couldn’t live without?
194.What’s something that made you smile recently?
195.If you could teleport anywhere in the world, where would you go right now?
196.If we’re celebrating something that happened to you this month, what are we celebrating?
197.As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
198.What was the best day of your life?
199.Have you been pleasantly surprised by anything recently?
200.Name one tool that will help you do your job better
201.Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to animals?
202.Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
203.Who has made a positive difference in your life recently?
204.What’s an unusual tradition you or your family have?
205.If you were a candy bar, which candy bar would you be? Share why
206.What’s your ideal road trip?
207.What’s a hobby or side project you’ve been meaning to take up?
208.What’s something you would change if you ran the world?
209.What’s something you were really into as a kid?
210.Where is one place you’d love to travel to?
211.What’s one documentary you recently watched and loved?
212.What was your favorite recent book or article, and what did it inspire?
213.What’s something that you’ve never learned to do?
214.What’s a TV show you recommend to everyone?
215.Name one thing still on your bucket list
216.If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
217.What are you excited about this week? What worries you?
218.How would your best friend describe you?
219.Who is your favorite cartoon character?
220.What age do you wish you could be permanently?
221.Which movie soundtrack is the soundtrack to your life?
222.What’s one country you would love to visit and why?
223.Share two truths and a lie with the group
224.Which fictional character would you most like to have dinner with?
225.What does a great vacation look like to you?
226.What small thing would improve your day today?
227.What’s an adventurous thing you’ve done?
228.What is your go-to karaoke song?
229.What’s a sauce, condiment or dressing you couldn’t live without?
230.Share something new in your work space with the group
231.What’s the last thing you did at home that made you feel proud of yourself?
232.How would you describe your communication style in 3 words?
233.What’s your desktop background?
234.If your mood today was a musical genre, which one would it be?
235.Would you rather someone took a boring task off your to-do list or invited you to participate in a project of great interest to you?
236.Would you rather post on TikTok or Instagram?
237.How dependent on caffeine are you in order to start your day off right? (from 0-10)
238.What’s the last thing you completed that you’re proud of?
239.What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given? And why was it so bad?
240.Make a choice: Never hear music again or lose the ability to read?
241.Do you have a favorite mug? Let us see it and explain why you love it
242.Have you ever experienced a culture shock? Where was it and what happened?
243.What’s the last TV show you binge watched?
244.Tell us about the task you did at work that truly challenged you and why
245.What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Why?
246.If you could choose one, what would it be: working in an office or working from home?
247.Would you rather spend a three-week trip visiting multiple interesting destinations or one interesting destination?
248.What’s something you wish you’d learned earlier in life?
249.If you had a magic button on your desk to bring you whatever you wanted, what would it summon?
250.What app can you not believe someone hasn’t made yet?
251.What would you do if you came home and found a penguin in your freezer?
252.If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?
253.If you could go back in time 10,000 years ago and make a cave painting to confuse everyone in the future, what would you draw?
254.What year would you visit if you had a time machine?
255.Which famous actor/actress would play you in the movie about your life?
256.What are you doing when you feel most alive?
257.How do you decide what you will focus on in a given day?
258.What are your hobbies?
259.If you could safely eat any inedible object, what would it be?
260.What’s one manual thing that you wish could be automated in your job?
261.If you had to describe how you’re feeling right now as a weather pattern, what’s your forecast?
262.What’s your spirit animal this week?
263.If you could keep only one part of your morning routine, what would it be?
264.What’s your favorite breakfast cereal or breakfast food?
265.What’s your favorite day of the week? Why?
266.What’s the best phrase or piece of slang people in your hometown use?
267.You’ve been teleported to the middle ages. How do you make a living there?
268.What is your favorite smell and why?
269.What’s something people don’t know about you?
270.What’s something you like to do whenever you travel to a new country?
271.What would you do if you came home and found a panda in your living room?
272.If you could describe your life as a movie, what genre would it be?
273.What’s one thing that you could stop doing during the work day to give yourself more focus?
274.If you had met your team for the first time outside of the work context, where would you have met?
275.What’s one thing you’ve been putting off for a long time?
276.Name something funny your pet does
277.What is the best gift you’ve ever given/received?
278.f you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play? Why?
279.What’s your pet peeve at home?
280.If you were Batman, which member of the team would be Robin?
281.If your life was a series, what would the theme song be?
282.What was your first job ever?
283.What was the last thing you fell in love with?
284.What was the last thing you did that gave you child-like joy?
285.What’s something you’ve drawn inspiration from recently?
286.If you were going to be frozen tomorrow for a one-way 1000-year interstellar voyage, what would you most want to communicate (and to whom) before you leave?
287.What sparked your curiosity in whatever you’re most curious about now?
288.What’s one thing you wish could be automated in your job?
289.What’s one recent thing or experience that exceeded your expectations?
290.What’s something you’re worried about?
291.What looks easy peasy lemon squeezy but is actually difficult difficult lemon difficult?
292.If you could do something that you don’t because it’s bad for you, but you could do it without repercussions – what would you do?
293.If your mood were a season, which season would you be today?
294.What are you grateful for today?
295.If you weren’t born in the country in which you were, where would you want to be from?
296.Have you ever been bungee jumping?
297.What book would you like to live in?
298.What animal best represents you today, and why?
299.What is the happiest moment in your life? What made it so special?
300.What’s your favorite healthy food?
301.If you were forced to watch reruns of a favorite show, which would you choose?
302.Share a game-changing life hack that you recently discovered
303.What’s one thing you are unbeatable at?
304.What’s the first tab you have open in your browser right now?
305.Would you rather receive a shoutout from the CEO at a company all-hands meeting or a private word of thanks from them?
306.What fruit or vegetable represents your mood today?
307.If you could bring back a fashion trend, what would it be, and why?
308.What country would you visit with your team for a week?
309.What’s one of the biggest risks you’ve taken in your life or career that really paid off?
310.What was the last thing you thought about while waiting for this meeting to begin?
311.If your team at work was a sports team, what sport would you play?
312.What is your go-to dance move?
313.Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why
314.Which question do you want to ask the team lead/manager/CEO of the team/company today?
315.What’s one thing that brings you energy and joy?
316.What help could you most use that you haven’t asked for?
317.If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
318.What’s one skill that helps you successfully work remotely?
319.What was the last movie that you watched?
320.Share one crazy thing you’ve done recently
321.What emoji represents you today and why?
322.If you were to change your name, what name would you adopt going forward? Why?
323.Who was the last person you felt inspired by?
324.What is one thing we would never guess about you?
325.What are some strategies that you’ve found to be helpful in your recent work?
326.What is the last book you read?
327.If you could have an unlimited supply of one food or drink, what would it be?
328.If you could write a book, what would it be about?
329.What’s one rule your parents or guardians enforced when you were a kid?
330.What good habit have you cultivated recently?
331.If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
332.What is one thing you appreciate knowing today?
333.Do you prefer vegetables over fruits?
334.What was the last thing you ate?
335.What was your favorite recent meal, and why?
336.If you could go back in time and make little changes to your childhood, what is one thing you’d learn so you could be an expert at it today?
337.Who on the team would you like to swap jobs with for a day?
338.If you were invisible for a day, what will be the first thing you do?
339.Tell us about the last event you went to that blew your mind
340.What’s the last thing you did for the first time?
341.What was one of the most interesting concerts you’ve been to?
342.What is your one piece of advice to everyone here?
343.Are you a good listener or a good talker?
344.What’s the most important thing to remember daily that you haven’t been able to?
345.What would you do if you were given a billion dollars?
346.If you could go back in time, which decade would you travel to?
347.How would you caption this GIF? (share GIF in chat)
348.When was the last time you felt unbounded optimism?
349.What thing from nature, excluding animals, best describes you today?
350.What’s something you do to relieve anger or stress?
351.What calms your nerves?
352.You’ve died but instead of entering the afterlife, you’ve entered Earth 2.0. What makes Earth 2.0 better
353.What was the first concert or gig you ever attended?
354.What movie or book do you know the most quotes from?
355.What’s your favorite way to commute? (ex. car, public transport, bike or walking)
356.What are your favorite games to play?
357.Who would you want on your team in a zombie apocalypse?
358.Are there any aspects of your personality that hold you back? How do you adapt?
359.If you had to live by one quote, what would it be?
360.Do you have any mentors or people you look up to? Tell us about one of them
361.What question do you wish people would ask you?
362.You’re on a desert island and can bring one item with you – what is it?
363.What weird potato chip flavor that doesn’t exist would you like to try?
364.What’s something you are craving right now?
365.What’s your pet peeve at work?
366.Share a challenge that you have overcome in the past year
367.If you could sing a duet with anyone on this team, who would you sing with?
368.If you had to cook a meal with your team, which meal would you cook?
369.Which fictional workplace do you imagine yourself fitting in?
370.What is the theme song of your day?
371.What’s one country you would love to visit and why?
372.Do you have any routines you use to improve your energy and focus?
373.If you had to drink a beverage right now, which one would you pick?
374.How do you keep yourself motivated?
375.How would you describe your personality when you were a kid vs your personality now, in one word?
376.What’s one thing many people hate, but you love?
377.What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now?
378.What’s one possession or tool that enhances your daily life?
379.Would you rather take a cold shower every day or always sleep an hour less than you need?
380.What drink best describes you?
381.What boundaries have you set to ensure that you unplug from work?
382.What was your least favorite food as a child? Why did you dislike it?
383.What’s the worst part about working from home?
384.What’s normal where you live, but might seem weird to the rest of the world?
385.What’s a food that always reminds you of childhood?
386.If you were a cocktail, which would you be?
387.Which personal skill do you hope to develop in your lifetime?
388.What’s a simple life hack that everyone can benefit from?
389.Which do you prefer, oceans or mountains?