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Quick Icebreakers for Small Groups

What are ice breakers?

Ice breakers are questions or activities that are used to help people get to know each other. They can be used at the beginning of a meeting or event, or any time that people are meeting new people.

What is a group ice breaker?

A group ice breaker is an activity or question that is used to help people get to know each other in a group setting. They can be used at the beginning of a meeting or event, or any time that people are meeting new people.

Why use icebreakers in a small group meeting?

Icebreakers can help people feel more comfortable meeting new people, and can help to create a more cohesive group. They can also help people to learn more about each other and to find common interests.

Quick icebreaker questions for virtual meetings

Share something new or interesting you learned recently.
Share something that they were excited about this week.
Share something you ate recently that was not so healthy.

Creative icebreaker questions

Beyond asking people in a small group or zoom meeting to recall their past experience, a fun way to get everyone's creative juices flowing and play together is to ask speculative questions that start with 'If you could...'

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
If you could own any type of business, what would it be?

Quick icebreaker games for virtual meetings

Two Truths and a Lie:

Everyone in the group takes turns sharing two true statements and one false statement about themselves. The rest of the group then has to guess which statement is the lie.

Who Am I?:

One person in the group thinks of a famous person, movie character, or historical figure. The rest of the group then asks yes or no questions to try to figure out who the person is.

Categories:

Everyone in the group takes turns naming something in a specific category (e.g. animals, countries, movie titles, songs, etc.). The next person then has to name something else in that category that starts with the last letter of the previous item.

I Went to a Party and I...:

One person in the group starts by saying “I went to a party and I brought...” and then names an object. The next person then has to say “I went to a party and I brought...” and name an object that starts with the last letter of the previous object. This continues until someone can’t think of an object.

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