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The 164 Best Team Building Questions and Icebreakers for Meetings

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Can you really boost employee engagement with a few simple and fun team building questions and icebreakers? Absolutely. And in this article, you’ll find a comprehensive list of questions you can use to do it. 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about “icebreakers?” If it conjures up images of a tacky pick-up line at a speed dating session or some cringeworthy “get-to-know-your-colleagues” game, that’s completely understandable.  

But hear us out because the right team building questions and icebreakers can be a fun, engaging, and sometimes hilarious way to get acquainted with your coworkers. 

So, whether you’re looking to onboard new employees, keep remote team members connected with one another, lighten up the mood before a team meeting, or just help your staff have a laugh during their social Slack banter, make this list your go-to resource. 

164 great team building questions and icebreakers 

The great thing about team building questions and icebreakers is that you can learn so much about your colleagues in a way that feels natural, light-hearted, and low-pressure. From their virtual working habits to their favorite foods, personal things about them, or even some hilarious, outside-the-box facts, these icebreakers to get better acquainted.  

Virtual Team Building Icebreaker Questions 

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When you’re working with remote colleagues, the lack of facetime can be challenging. Team building icebreakers and questions can be a great way to build a rapport and get everyone engaged.  

Consider questions like:  

  1. Do you love working from home or would you rather be in the office? Is there a balance of both that you like best? 
  1. Where do you work most frequently from at home? Your office? Your kitchen table? The backyard? Your bed? 
  1. Can you give a tour of your office space?  
  1. Be honest, how often do you work from bed? 
  1. What does your morning routine look like when working from home? 
  1. How many cups of coffee, tea, or beverage-of-choice do you have each morning? 
  1. Do you have any pets as in-house colleagues? 
  1. Do you have houseplants in your office?  
  1. What’s your go-to remote work outfit?  

Personal Team Building Icebreaker Questions

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Another great way to know your colleagues a little better by asking them icebreaker questions about themselves, their hobbies and interests, and their family. 

This can include:  

  1. What is your spirit animal? 
  1. What was your dream profession growing up? 
  1. What is something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet? 
  1. Do you have any family traditions that you look forward to each year? 
  1. Would you like to be famous? In what way? 
  1. What’s your dream car? 
  1. Who in your life has inspired you most? 
  1. If you weren’t in this career, what could you see yourself doing? 
  1. What is one thing on the very top of your bucket list? 
  1. If you’re not from this city, why did you end up here? 
  1. What is your guilty pleasure? 
  1. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be? 
  1. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done? 
  1. If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you bought? 
  1. What’s your favorite thing about your job? 
  1. What’s something you are really proud of accomplishing? 
  1. What’s something interesting about your family history? 
  1. When you’re not at work, what are your passions? 
  1. Do you have siblings? How many? Where do you fit in the mix? 
  1. What’s your biggest fear? 
  1. What’s your secret talent? 
  1. Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met? 
  1. What’s your favorite hobby? 
  1. What clubs were you a member of in high school? 
  1. Do you speak any languages besides English? Is there a reason you learned it? 
  1. What’s your favorite childhood memory? 
  1. What is your biggest pet peeve? 
  1. Name three things you and your partner have in common. 
  1. What’s your most treasured memory? 
  1. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? 
  1. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be? 
  1. What would you like to be known or remembered for? 
  1. What would your dream house be like? 
  1. What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics? 
  1. Do you collect anything? 
  1. If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? 
  1. Who’s someone you really admire? 
  1. What’s your favorite quote? 
  1. What’s your favorite boardgame? 
  1. What’s something you love that people wouldn’t expect? 
  1. What fictional family would you be a member of? 
  1. What was the worst job you ever had? 
  1. If you could change places with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? 
  1. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be and why? 
  1. If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach? 
  1. If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be? 
  1. Are you a morning person or a night person? 
  1. Sweet or savory? 
  1. Did you ever have an imaginary friend? If so, what was its name? 
  1. What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it or do you love it now? 
  1. If you were forced to sing karaoke, what song would you choose and why? 
  1. What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it or do you love it now? 
  1. What’s your caffeinated beverage of choice? Coffee? Cola? Tea? 
  1. What’s your favorite scent? 
  1. What was the last thing you gave 100% to? 
  1. If you could say one thing to the entire world right now, what would you say? 
  1. Do you care about your astrological sign? 
  1. What’s the last thing you got in “trouble” for?  
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If there are two things universally loved by almost everyone, it’s movies and music. Use these fun icebreaker questions to find out what your colleagues are into.  

  1. Do you have a favorite song to listen to when you need your spirits lifted? 
  1. What is the most feel-good film you’ve ever seen? 
  1. What type of music do you prefer? 
  1. What’s your favorite TV show and why? 
  1. Have you ever been in a movie, TV show, or play? What was your role? 
  1. If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why? 
  1. If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play? 
  1. Which actor would you want to play you in the movie about your life? 
  1. What book did you read that changed your life the most? 
  1. If you could see one movie again for the first time, what would it be and why? 
  1. You have your own late-night talk show. Who do you invite as your first guest? 
  1. What would the title of your autobiography be? 
  1. What was your favorite band ten years ago? 
  1. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
  1. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
  1. What’s the greatest TV show ever made? 
  1. What’s the worst TV show ever made? 
  1. Do you watch any TV shows that you pretend you don’t watch when people ask? 
  1. What was your favorite movie as a kid and why? 

Travel-Themed Team Building Icebreaker Questions 

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Most people have a list of places they’d like to visit and that’s what makes these questions so fun and engaging.  

Get to know how worldly your colleagues are with questions like:  

  1. If I handed you a plane ticket right now to anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
  1. What was your favorite trip you went on? 
  1. Road trip or plane trip? 
  1. What is your favorite thing to do locally? 
  1. Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees? 
  1. If you could live in any country, where would you live? 
  1. Snow, sand, or other? 
  1. You’re going sail around the world. What’s the name of your boat? 
  1. If you could have the power of teleportation right now, where would you go and why? 
  1. When’s the last time you went somewhere for the first time? 

Weird and Outrageous Team Building Icebreaker Questions 

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Ready to get (or give) a hilarious response to some outside-the-box icebreaker questions?  

Check these out: 

  1. What was the worst injury you ever had? 
  1. Tell me an embarrassing story about yourself. 
  1. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself? 
  1. If you could add a word to the dictionary what would you add and what would it mean? 
  1. The zombie apocalypse is coming. Who are three people you want on your team? 
  1. If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why? 
  1. Teleportation or flying? 
  1. If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why? 
  1. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be and why? 
  1. If you had to lose all your memories, which one would want to lose last? 
  1. What are your biggest phobias? 
  1. If you were left on a deserted island with either your worst enemy or no one, which would you choose? Why? 
  1. What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?  
  1. If you could add anyone to Mount Rushmore who would it be and why? 
  1. If someone offered you a million dollars to give up your smartphone forever, would you do it? 
  1. What’s your cellphone or computer wallpaper?  
  1. If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be any why? 
  1. If you were forced to participate in a flash dance, what song would you perform to and why? 
  1. What’s your favorite plant? 
  1. If you had to be transformed into one household item, what would it be and why? 
  1. Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour? 
  1. Would you rather be a superhero or the world’s best chef? 
  1. Would you rather be an Olympic gold medallist or an astronaut? 
  1. Would you rather live without heat and AC or live without social media? 
  1. If you could bring back any fashion trend what would it be? 
  1. If you could get rid of any current trend, what would it be and why? 
  1. What’s one frequently used word that you can’t stand? 
  1. What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?  
  1. If you were a fridge, what item would you hate to hold? What item would you love to hold? 
  1. If you had to eat a crayon, what color would you choose? Why? 
  1. Would you show everyone in this meeting your browser history? 
  1. What’s the most embarrassing thing you ever accidentally messaged to somebody? 
  1. Have you ever pretended you didn’t see somebody to avoid talking to them? 
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The kinds of food a person loves can tell you a lot about their personality! Picking their brain about their favorite dishes is a great way to get some insight about them. 

Try testing their palette with questions like:  

  1. What is your favorite type of cuisine? 
  1. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy? 
  1. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life what would it be and why? 
  1. What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? 
  1. How do you like your eggs? 
  1. If you had to give up one food forever, what would it be? 
  1. What’s something you simply could never eat? 

Unique Team Building Icebreaker Questions 

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Looking for interesting responses? No problem. All you need to do is ask interesting questions!  

Try these ones.  

  1. What is something you think is totally overrated? 
  1. If you could instantly master one skill or activity what would it be? Why? 
  1. What’s your best scary story? 
  1. If you had 25 hours each day, how would you use your extra time? 
  1. If you were a wrestler what would be your entrance theme song? 
  1. If you were a superhero what would your name be? 
  1. If you were a superhero what would your superpower be and why? 
  1. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 
  1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever given? 
  1. If you could be guaranteed one thing in life (besides money), what would it be? 
  1. Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room? 
  1. If extraterrestrials landed on earth and offered to take you with them, would you go? 
  1. If extraterrestrials landed on earth, who would you recommend as their first point of contact and why? 
  1. If you could go to Mars, would you? Why or why not? 
  1. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you? 
  1. When’s the last time you did something for the first time?  
  1. How would you describe your sense of humor? 
  1. What’s your most-used emoji? 
  1. What emoji best describes you? 
  1. If you ran the world, what’s one thing you’d change?  
  1. What would be your campaign slogan if you were running for office? 

History-Themed Team Building Icebreaker Questions 

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Go back in time or jump forward to the future with your colleagues with these questions. 

  1. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? 
  1. If you had a time machine, would go back in time or into the future? 
  1. What was the first thing you bought with your own money? 
  1. What was your first car? 
  1. If you could live in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, which would you choose and why? 
  1. Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants? 
  1. If you could go back in time and pay more attention in one class, what would it be?  

Next time you’re looking for a way to help your colleagues connect, get to know each other, or even just share a light-hearted banter, reference this list. Whether you’re starting a meeting on a fun note or simply circulating this to your team for a laugh, your team is sure to get some enjoyment out of these team building icebreakers and questions. 

Do you have any favorite team building questions and ice breakers that we didn’t include in your list? Tell us what they are in the comments section below!

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