So you may be wondering what exactly an icebreaker is. Simply put, it’s a way of getting people engaged right at the very start of the meeting. It can be a quick game, a question for the room or something out of left field. They are a great way to break down those awkward pre-meeting barriers and get people talking and interacting.
Icebreakers can be particularly useful in the world of remote and hybrid work. When people join a meeting online they miss out on the chit chat that often takes place in or on the way to a meeting room as everyone gathers together. Virtual icebreakers do not need to be vastly different from those used in face-to-face meeting, just adapted to the situation.
A good icebreaker is a way to build a constructive atmosphere and ensure that, despite the physical distance between everyone, the meeting does not feel distant. So let’s see what different types of icebreakers we can use.
Word Clouds are a perfect way to get people thinking creatively to come up with precise and concise answers. A colourful and dynamic slide type, this is a great way to start a meeting where creative ideas and thoughts are needed.
Rankings slides are an interesting way to get your attendees thinking, debating and discussing their interests and beliefs. This slide type is a light-hearted meeting kickstarter.
Scales icebreakers are dynamic and ever changing. Not only are they a great graphic but they provide a really interesting insight into what your audience thinks.
Whether it’s 3 options or 30, Multiple Choice slides gets people weighing up different options and considering what they prefer and prioritize.
A really fun and entertaining slide type, Pin on Image slides can produce a debate or some laughs. Think of it as a chameleon slide; it can fit any type of meeting.