Remote team building activities can be tricky to master but with these three top ice breakers you can lighten up any team meeting with a fun team-building exercise. These icebreakers are nothing more than conversation starters where the process of answering is more important than the answers. A well-phrased question will not only tell you about the person and the team but also set the stage for genuine conversation and enjoyment. So here they go…in no particular and phrased as I normally use them…my favorite icebreakers for team building.
“Name Your Brand” Team building ice breaker #1:
“My challenge to you…is…to invent a brand of cereal. What is its name? What is it made of? And what is the prize that is in the box?”
Okay, this is not fair because it’s designed for kids – but it’s lots of fun – even with adults. With adults, I like to add something like, “What is your marketing ploy?”
But the aim isn’t just to get the person to answer, it’s to build group excitement as you build on the idea of a person’s brand. You know you are doing well when the group is chiming into someone’s idea with “ooh and you could do this!”
“Would You Rather?” – Team Building Icebreaker #2:
2) Would you rather?
“My question to you is…Would you rather swim through a swimming pool of jello wearing jeans or run through sprinklers in front of the workplace in your pajamas”
The more ridiculous the question the more room there is for a creative answer. You can think of a few stock questions ahead of time or you can pull them from the actual board game, “Would You Rather?” My favorite answers are usually quite telling about a person and will naturally spur conversation.
For example, someone might answer, “Well I can’t swim in jello because I’m allergic…” at which point conversation could ensue, “…so I’m going to have to run through the sprinklers.”
Somebody alternatively could answer…”Well…I sleep in onesies, which would be really uncomfortable wet so …I’ll swim in the pool!” If that doesn’t spur conversation then I don’t know what will!
“The Nonsequitur” -Team Building Icebreaker #3:
“You live on a boat. Your best friend is a talking banana. What do you name your pet dog and why?”
These nonsequiturs are just plain old fun, but they can get the team thinking WAY OUTSIDE THE BOX. The questions are illogical so there is absolutely no right answer, which means a person reveals their personality with how they answer. This is something you would want to have prepared unless you can come up with these under pressure. Alternatively, and with the right personalities in the remote meeting, you can have individuals come up with their own nonsequiturs for the next person. This is always good for laughter and connection.
Which Icebreakers will you try?
So there you have my go-toes for icebreaking! If there is any irony here it’s that I don’t use these for my Sing Your Story workshops because I just go straight into the team’s work, but I do use these for building longer-term relationships, virtual classrooms and breaking up the usual workday!
I look forward to hearing how it goes if you try them out!