Audience Energizers

70 Fun Icebreaker Questions for Any Occasion

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Simon Deignan2022-01-07
No matter if it’s an all-hands meeting, a conference, or a workshop, you always want to start on the right foot and make a good first impression. Icebreakers are a presenter's best friend sto help overcome those early jitters and nerves. Likewise, they are great for audience members because they help them settle in and set the stage for the meeting or presentation.

Breaking the ice and getting your audience to join in, right from the word go, will help kick off any meeting or class in the right way. We’ve put together a list of different icebreakers; everything from thoughtful questions to humorous reflections have been designed to help break down the initial barrier that often separates audience and presenter. 

What’s more, you can add any of the embedded templates directly to your Mentimeter account, so you can focus on creating great content for your presentations and workshops that your audience will love! 

1. Introductory icebreakers

2. Fun icebreakers

3. Icebreakers for big groups

4. Icebreakers for students

5. Team building icebreakers

6. Creative icebreakers

7. Quiz icebreakers

8. Icebreaker games

Introductory icebreakers

Introductory icebreakers work best when presenting to a crowd you are not familiar or only slightly familiar with. For example, if you are speaking at a conference, to a new group of students at the start of term, or you just started a new job and need to run your very first presentation. 

Start with some really easy icebreakers that don’t require too much thinking to get your audience's brains in gear (add a little humour for extra effect).

  1. How did you travel here today?
  2. What is your greatest skill?
  3. What is your deepest fear?
  4. How far did you travel today?
  5. What is your dream job?
  6. How long do you spend travelling everyday?
  7. Where do you prefer to work from?
  8. What does the person to your right do for a living?
  9. What is your ideal breakfast?
  10. Where are you from?
Where Are You From?

Where Are You From?

Fun icebreakers

These icebreakers work great no matter who the audience is. When speaking in front of a group many will try to open with a joke of some sort but stress about what exactly they should say and if anyone will actually laugh. These icebreakers remove that dilemma as they have been designed to add some brevity without the need to come up with the guts of a stand up routine.

  1. What dwarf do you feel like?
  2. What superpower would you choose?
  3. If you could time travel, what period would you visit?
  4. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
  5. What country has the best cuisine?
  6. Who is the greatest TV character of all-time?
  7. If you could play one instrument perfectly, which would it be?
  8. What emoji best describes you?
  9. What is one superstition you have? 
  10. If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?
Famous Dinner Guest

Famous Dinner Guest

Icebreakers for big groups

If you’re presenting in front of a large audience at a conference, make sure your ice breakers are relevant to the event. Simple closed-end questions, rather than open-ended ones, will generate plenty of responses with less need for moderation. Also, don’t be scared to throw in some elements of fun, this will help your audience engage with one another as well as with you.

  1. What word comes to mind when you hear ‘presentation’?
  2. In one word, how do you feel about today's event?
  3. Which sport is your favourite?
  4. Would you rather be a manager or subject expert?
  5. What is the person to your left’s dream job?
  6. What did the person to your right eat for breakfast? 
  7. What do you think of working / studying from home?
  8. What company do you admire the most?
  9. Where is the person in front of you from?
  10. What is your job title?
Job Title

Job Title

Icebreakers for students

Using an icebreaker to start a new year or to introduce a new topic can be a nice way of gathering your students' opinions and listening to what they have to say. Moreover, from the outset you are highlighting that your classes and lectures will be an interactive and engaging experience, unlike others they may be used to. 

  1. What aspect of this class are you most looking forward to learning about?
  2. On a scale of 1-10 how tough did you find last semester's class?
  3. What makes an interesting class in your opinion?
  4. What is the best way for you to learn?
  5. If you could recommend one author to your fellow students, who would it be?
  6. Why did you choose to take this class / course?
  7. What is the most difficult thing to understand about this subject?
  8. What type of examination do you prefer?
  9. Do you prefer online resources or textbooks and journals?
  10. What makes a good teacher / professor?
What is a good teacher?

What is a good teacher?

Team building icebreakers

Bring your team closer together and make them a more efficient and cohesive machine. Great team building is all about interpersonal relationships, these icebreakers will help get your team in the right frame of mind.

  1. What aspect of your personality adds most to the team?
  2. How do you prefer to work in a group?
  3. What makes a good boss and why?
  4. What do you value most in a good teammate or co-worker?
  5. What is one thing do we do well as a team?
  6. What is one thing we as a team could do better?
  7. How many meetings per week do you think is optimal?
  8. What do you think is the first thing you need to do when starting a new project?
  9. What is the main quality of a good leader?
  10. Is there anyone here you think deserves special recognition for their work?
Give Praise

Give Praise

Creative icebreakers

Certain presentations require the audience to think outside of the box and come up with really unique and creative ideas. Good facilitators know exactly what they need to ask and what buttons they need to push in order to help get those creative juices flowing. So a creative icebreaker can fit perfectly into this plan.

  1. If you were elected President, what would your first act be?
  2.  How would you go about tackling the climate crisis?
  3. What would happen if the internet ceased to exist?
  4. If you could learn all there is to know about one topic, what would it be?
  5. What is your proudest achievement?
What is your proudest achievement?

What is your proudest achievement?

Quiz Icebreakers

If you\re going to ask a question, why not ask one with the right answer. Many of us have a bit of a competitive spirit so what better way could there be to liven up the start of your next presentation than by tapping into that competitiveness. There’s plenty of fun facts, insightful trivia, and enjoyable brain twisters out there for you to choose from but we have put together some of our favorites here.

  1. What word is always spelled incorrectly in every dictionary? Incorrectly
  2. What is the Cookie Monster's name? Sid
  3. The planet Mars was named after the Roman God of what? War
  4. What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, yet never in a thousand years? The letter M
  5. Who owns all of the swans in England? Queen Elizabeth
  6. Where is the only place that today comes before yesterday? The dictionary
  7. What country has the most islands? Sweden
  8. What company made the first mobile phone? Motorola
  9. What instrument has the largest range? Organ
  10. What is a group of pandas called? An embarrassment
What is a group of pandas called?

What is a group of pandas called?

Icebreaker games

A classic, and effective, way of breaking these ice at any type of occasion can be to play small and enjoyable games. Games can be a good way to get people chatting, having some fun, and interacting with one another to start a meeting, presentation, or class. These types of icebreakers can, thus, be ideal for more dynamic and energetic sessions.

  1. 2 truths 1 lie
  2. Guess who
  3. Would you rather
  4. Pick the odd one out
  5. Where’s Waldo?
Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo?

The ice has been broken

Now that you have started your presentation on the right note you can go ahead and get along with presenting that all important information, gathering great insights from colleagues or students, and impressing with your presentation skills. To make presentations a better and more enjoyable experience for everyone involved, Mentimeter brings the power of interaction and engagement. Try it out today and see what it can do for you and your audience. 

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