If you’re a remote worker or team leader, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time on Zoom meetings lately.
While the platform is great for virtual collaboration, it can also be a bit impersonal and lack the organic connection that comes from in-person interactions.
That’s where icebreakers come in! Icebreakers are a fun and low-stakes way to kick off a Zoom meeting and help everyone feel more comfortable and connected.
1- Share personal experiences
One icebreaker that’s easy to do on Zoom is to have everyone share something interesting about themselves.
This could be a fun fact, a hobby, or something else that’s unique to them.
This helps everyone get to know each other better and sparks interesting conversations.
2- Share personal artifacts
Another fun icebreaker is to have everyone bring an object from their home office and share why they chose it.
This can be a great way to learn more about your colleagues’ interests and personal lives, and it can also be a fun way to see everyone’s home workspace.
3- Virtual Scavenger Hunt
If you want to get everyone moving and energized, try a virtual scavenger hunt.
Give everyone a list of items to find in their home or office, and set a time limit for them to collect as many items as they can.
This can be a fun and competitive way to get everyone engaged and energized.
4- Game of Random Trivia Facts
One way to make the icebreaker moment less awkward or tense is to change the focus from the people in the meeting to something else.
A simple and effective way to do this is to ask each participant to share a random fact about themselves.
This game, which we call “random trivia facts,” can be a fun and low-stakes way to learn more about your colleagues and kick off the meeting on a positive note.
To play, simply have each person share a interesting or unusual fact about themselves, and then have the group guess who the fact belongs to.
This can be a great way to break the ice and get everyone engaged and interested in the meeting.
5- Two Truths And A Lie!
To play the game “two truths and a lie,” each player shares three statements about themselves, with two of the statements being true and one being a lie.
The other players then have to guess which statement is the lie.
This game can be a fun and interesting way to get to know your colleagues and learn more about each other.
Overall, “two truths and a lie” is a simple and fun icebreaker game that can help people get to know each other better and break the ice in a group setting.
Give it a try at your next meeting or gathering!
Bonus: Honorable Mention
The following also made the shortlist. While useful, this honorable mention doesn’t count as an icebreaker but it will help event organizers decrease the anxiety levels of participants.
Use interactive features
Zoom has various interactive features that you can use to make your meetings more engaging and interactive.
For example, you can use the breakout room feature to divide your group into smaller teams for discussion or collaboration, or you use the whiteboard feature to brainstorm ideas together.
No matter which icebreaker you choose, the key is making it fun and light.
The goal is to help everyone feel more comfortable and connected, and to set the stage for a productive and engaging meeting.
So go ahead and give these icebreakers a try – your team will thank you!
The article was provided by StickyTasks – a collaboration platform for remote teams.