It is always a little awkward bringing a group of people together who do not know each other. It is made even more awkward when this meeting must be done over Zoom or any other video conference calling software. In person a conversation usually picks up and you will find it will flow. Over Zoom it can be difficult because not only are people trying to get to know each other but the internet connections can sometimes be slow so you may even miss what they said.
The best way to get people to feel comfortable is an ice breaker. Below is a list of 7 fun ice breakers we have found have worked wonders in the past and work well. They are all fun, interactive and will be sure to make everyone in the group laugh and feel less awkward about an online meeting / conference.
Choose Your Favourite
A great icebreaker for the start of your meeting is to have your team members answer a couple of personal questions. These questions should be fun, light, and easy. Perhaps think about your company culture or current topics that have recently been spoken about.
Send the questions to the team before the meeting some examples of questions could be who is your favourite superhero? If you could have a superpower what would it be. Then get the team one after the other to read out their answers. By sharing common interest and ideas, team members will feel closer together.
Two Truths And A Lie
Very simple but a very good way to bring the team together. Each person takes turns to say 3 things about themselves — two of those things are true and one is a lie. The group must guess which of the 3 is a lie — it is good fun!
If You Could Be Anywhere In The World Right Now
This is exactly what the title suggests. Everyone in the team states where in the world they would like to be. You could share your screen with everyone and mark each person’s name down onto a map.
Emoji Check In
Everyone in the team sends an emoji they feel represents their mood. You could do this at the beginning and at the end of the meeting / conference.
This game is exactly like the classic charades, but it has a virtual twist to it. Each teammate will only use images to explain whatever famous movie, book, etc they pick. Similar rules, no talking, and the images cannot be directly from the movie or book. We recommend a limit of 5 images.
What’s My Name
Very similar to the game Heads Up! The group chose a celebrity’s name and place it on the participants forehead. They must then ask yes or no questions to try and guess the name. This game is great for group interaction.
Sell Your Space
Get each participant to grab an item from their home/office. They must then come up with a name, logo, slogan and marketing plan for their object. The objective of the game is to sell their product. Each participant must then give a two-minute presentation of their product, selling it to the audience. They can use share screen for their presentation or get creative.
There are many virtual Icebreakers out there, but these are our favourites and ones we have used many times before. They are fun and get the whole group interacting with each other. If you are looking for a virtual game that is fun please get in contact us today as we have our very own virtual game you can play with the whole team.