40 Best Icebreaker Questions for Work

Tired of awkward silences at the beginning of your remote meetings? Bored of the forced small talk about other participant’s virtual backgrounds? Try asking a few icebreaker questions at the start of your meeting instead. They're the best way to kick-off a virtual meeting and know your team better in the process.

When you “break the ice” with a colleague, you’re learning something new about them you otherwise would not have known. By building stronger bonds, you'll better enjoy and find more meaning in the work you do together. Your meeting will also become more memorable and fun for attendees! 

Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite icebreaker questions for remote teams. Use 1 or 2 (...or 3!) of them at the start of your team meetings or team building events, and have everyone go around and share their answer. It’ll take at most 5 minutes and pay off in dividends. Hope you enjoy! 

📚 Hobbies Icebreaker Questions

  • What's a book you've really enjoyed reading recently?
  • What are some activities you enjoy doing with friends?
  • What are your favorite websites that others might not know about?
  • What's a hobby you've spent a lot of time on this past month? This past year?
  • What's a TV series that you've binge-watched?
  • What do you enjoy spending your free time on?

😄 Fun Icebreaker Questions

  • Would you rather win $10 million today, or $100 million in 5 years?
  • Boom! You are now a fruit. Which fruit would you choose to be, and why?
  • If you could own one building, which would it be?
  • If you did not have to sleep, how would you spend the extra time in your day?
  • What was the best birthday you ever had?
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🎄 Christmas Icebreaker Questions

  • Do you put up your tree before or after Thanksgiving?
  • Die Hard is a Christmas movie. True or False?
  • What is your favorite holiday movie? Least favorite?
  • What's the funniest Christmas card you've received?
  • Finish the sentence: “It’s not Christmas without….”
  • What is a must-have on the Christmas dinner table?
  • If you could spend Christmas with any one person, who would it be?
  • What Christmas miracle would you most like to see happen?
  • Which Christmas song gets stuck in your head the easiest?

🌎 Locations Icebreaker Questions

  • Where did you grow up? What was it like there?
  • What's a place that means a lot to you? Why?
  • What city were you born in? What brought you to the current city you're living in now?
  • If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

🥪 Food Icebreaker Questions

  • What's your favorite place to go out to eat where you live? Why?
  • What's the craziest food combination you've ever tried? Would you recommend?
  • What's a food that takes you back to your childhood?
  • What's your favorite dessert?
  • Which person (famous or otherwise) would you love to take out to dinner?
  • What's your favorite place to go out to eat where you live? Why?
  • What do you enjoy cooking for yourself and/or loved ones?

👥 People Icebreaker Questions

  • What are some activities you enjoy doing with friends?
  • Who's someone you look up to? Why?
  • Who do you spend a lot of time with?
  • What do you value most in a friendship?

👩 Self Icebreaker Questions

  • What do you wish you knew more about?
  • What's a memorable compliment or gift you've received?
  • What's something that’s made you smile today?
  • What's something you've spent a lot of time on this past week?
  • What's your favorite thing you own? Describe it. Why is it your favorite?
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