Escaping Mega-Cringe Icebreakers

Feb 12, 2020

What immediately starts going through your mind when you hear the word icebreaker? 

Maybe it’s the dreaded question sequence “tell us your name, where you’re from, and share an interesting fact about yourself.” An interesting fact? What qualifies as an interesting fact? *Cue the racking of your brain to try and sift through random details.* 

Maybe it’s that awkward moment when you only know one person in a room of 25 people and that’s because they are your cousin’s friend from college. Uhhhh… What interesting fact do you share then?

Maybe you’re an extrovert with incredibly fun facts and you can’t wait to share about yourself and make new friends!

Maybe you have pleasant memories of icebreakers that led to fulfilling relationships – That’s our hope!

 

The Elevate team has all been in similar scenarios. We hope we can try to change your mind on icebreakers and maybe even escape the mega-cringe that introductions can become. 

 

A memorable and fun icebreaker begins with the leader planning something for the incoming group. What does your group have in common? What can you do to create healthy discussion and genuine connections? Tailoring your icebreaker to your specific group makes them feel known. One way to eliminate awkwardness is to choose your questions through the lens of “how would I like to answer this question if I was put on the spot?” Instead of a question demanding an interesting fact, ask a funny question that will make your group laugh, does not cause them to think too quickly, and breaks down their walls. Humor is a great catalyst for conversation!

 

Here are ten unique question ideas: 

 

1. What is the grossest food you have ever eaten just to be polite? 
2. If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?
3. Which is worse: the dentist or the doctor?
4. What kind of deodorant do you use?
5. In your opinion, what is the best temperature for the weather to be?
6. If you were a Jedi, what color would your lightsaber be?
7. What is the best meal of the day? 
8. What is in your fridge right now?
9. Do you think cereal is soup?
10. What is your least favorite household chore?

 

Hopefully you had immediate answers to some of these questions, and hopefully they made you laugh! We encourage leaders to cater their icebreaker questions to the crowd. How can you branch out and be different? Sometimes, quick icebreakers are the most effective; a question can go a long way in helping your group form connections. 

 

We would love to hear some of your answers to the above questions. Send us a comment with your answer below!

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