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Ice Breaker Template

Start your remote meeting right, build trust, and get to know each other.

About the Ice Breaker Template

What are ice breakers?

When new people join a company or a team, it can be hard for everyone to get to know each other. This is especially true for remote and distributed teams. Ice breakers are games, activities, questions, or events that are used to get people comfortable with each other and bring everyone together. Effective ice breakers can warm up a conversation, reinforce the topic of discussion, and ensure that everyone is engaged in a session.

Looking for new ideas for ice breakers? Read our blog on 27 different ice breakers great for remote and in-house team building.

How do you use the ice breaker template?

The top section of the ice breaker template is for every team member to share a picture of something on their desk, which can be an engaging and surprising way to learn more about a teammate. In the bottom section, everyone shares something they've learned recently.

When should you use an ice breaker?

Ice breakers are especially valuable when team members aren't all located in the same office, are meeting for the first time, or are tackling a new challenge together.

Examples of ice breakers

There are three main types of ice breakers. First, ice breakers can be used just for fun. When people know each other, ice breakers are great tools to help get the conversation flowing. Second, ice breakers can help segue into the topic of the meeting. Third, ice breakers can be used as an activity for the meeting itself. 

Here are some examples of ice breakers. Want some more examples? Check out our full article with a full list and tips on engaging team members in meetings.

  • Describe yourself in just a single word.

  • Share a photo of yourself as a baby.

  • What was your first job? Your worst job?

  • If you were an animal, what would you be?

  • If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

  • If you could meet a historical figure, who would that be?

  • What is your favorite time of the day? Why?

  • Do you like to travel or are you more of a homebody?

  • What would be your superpowers of choice?

  • If you could become an expert in any field in a snap, what field would you choose? Why?

  • What would be your last meal?

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