Collaboration Updated on: 11 August 2020

5 Fun Icebreakers Perfect for Virtual Teams

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Virtual Icebreakers to build rapport and drive engagement

When working in a team setting, it definitely helps to get to know your co-workers before working on a project together. Having a strong bond with your teammates creates better communication and trust. In the office, a quick good morning at the coffee machine or going out for lunch with your coworkers is where you can build solid work relationships.

However, with more and more people working remotely these day, how can virtual teams build that friendly relationship when they rarely see each other face-to-face? Using virtual icebreakers before the start of a remote team meeting is a great way to break down barriers between virtual team members and create a more open, connected environment.

Here are five short and engaging virtual icebreakers you can try at your next team meeting.

5 Fun Icebreaker Ideas for Virtual Teams

65% of virtual teams have never participated in icebreakers or trust building activities during meetings. That’s a lot of missed opportunities to connect and get to know your colleagues. So next time you’re running a remote meeting or training, why not try an icebreaker activity as a warm up exercise.

Whether your team has just met or have known each other for a long period of time, using these short ice breakers before the start of each virtual meeting is a useful way to keep the team spirit up and build bonds with one another. Simply click on any of the images for the below games and it’ll open up a board you can easily edit and share a link with your team in one click! Everyone who joins the board can contribute in real time. You can combine the games with a phone or video call using Conceptboard’s in-built conferencing tool, or other tools such as Zoom.

1. Two Truths and a Lie

How does it work?

  • Ask each participant to write down three statements about themselves. Use one sticky-note per statement. Make sure one of them is a lie and the other two are true.
  • Each member can vote for which statement they think is the lie by placing their coloured dots next to the lie.
  • Once everyone has voted, reveal the correct answer and give team members the option to ask follow-up questions about any crazy statements!
Click the image to use the icebreaker!

2. Quick Questions

How does it work?

  • We’ve prepared some questions within the template such as “Fill in the blank, When I dance I look like……” or “What would you do with a million dollars?” Feel free to choose some of our suggestions, or create your own questions.
  • Display the questions on the board in the style you prefer.
  • Ask each each member to write down their answer by placing their colored sticky-note next to the questions.
  • Go through the answers and get to know each other
Click the image to use the icebreaker!

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3. Take a picture of….

How does it work?

  • Choose one of the listed categories on the board: Your room/workplace; something on your desk; your socks or shoes; or a view outside your window; and then delete the others.
  • Ask participants to snap a photo and add it to the board to share. 
  • Make sure to give everyone enough time to take a picture before they have to share it with the group.
  • Either play by asking others to guess where you are, or simply discuss why you chose that picture.
  • You can make this a regular icebreaker before your weekly meetings by picking a new topic each week.
Click the image to use the icebreaker!

4. Choose your favorite

Another great icebreaker that can be used at the start of your meeting is to have your team members answer a couple of personal questions. Keep in mind that these questions should be fun and light, think about your company culture to determine the best questions that can be asked.

How does it work?

  • You can either create your own questions, or use the questions and answers we’ve already included:
    1. Who is your favourite villain?
    2. What is the best way to eat pizza?
    3. What sound or noise do you love?
    4. Which skill or talent would you love to have?
  • Ask participants to put their colored dot next to the answer they choose, or let them come up with their own answers.
  • By sharing common interests and ideas, team members will feel closer together.
Click the image to use the icebreaker!

5. Trivia Game

Everyone loves trivia! Test the general knowledge or company knowledge of your team members by asking multiple choice or True/False questions at the start of the meeting.  You can start with a question regarding the company, for example who has worked within the company the shortest period of time? Or some current affairs questions, to see who’s been paying attention to the news.

How does it work?

  • Create a new blank board and write the question in a text box.
  • If you’re using multiple choice questions, provide four possible answers and ask participants to place their colored dot next to the correct answer. For True/False questions, just add True or False as text boxes to the board.
  • If you’re leaving it open, ask participants to write their answers in a text box around the board.

Or, if you want to create trivia teams, you can separate your team in smaller color coded groups and create a point system. You can create individual boards for each group so they can communicate via the chat or video conference to come up with the best answers. All groups can then meet back together in one board to share their answers. Having a point system will create a friendly competition to keep everyone engaged and continue the flow of conversation!

Click the image to use the icebreaker!

Ready to get started?

We’ve handpicked four of the best icebreakers for your virtual teams and put them into one easy-to-use template. No lame or awkward trust exercises here!

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Protips- How to use these boards

  • To get started, invite all team members to join the Conceptboard icebreaker board by sending them a link to the board. You can use the people icons at the top of the board to assign colors to each member.
  •  You can simultaneously run a phone call to talk or run the meeting as a video call using Conceptboard’s built in Conferencing tool (the phone icon in the top right) or on another similar video conferencing tool such as Zoom, and ask everyone to open the Conceptboard page at the start of the meeting to play the icebreakers.
  • Write participants names on the colored icons, so they know which color they are. Whenever a participant wants to answer an icebreaker activity, they should use online sticky-notes or place dots according to their color.
  • You can also duplicate the icons and allocate more colors if you have more than seven participants.
  • We suggest that you pick one or two ice breakers per meeting, and put a time limit on each activity so as not to take up too much of the meeting time!

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We’d love to hear which one is your favourite, let us know in the comments below. Or if you’ve got any more great icebreakers you use with your virtual team, we’d love to hear them too!

 

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17 thoughts on “5 Fun Icebreakers Perfect for Virtual Teams

  1. Thanks for your feedback- all these games can be played virtually on Conceptboard, simply invite all participants to join the template board by sending them a link (https://app.conceptboard.com/load/icebreaker-template), and they’ll be able to interact with the board in real time, adding sticky notes or comments, or chatting in the chat box. You can simultaneously run a phone call to talk or run the meeting as a video call using Conceptboard’s built in Conferencing tool (the phone icon in the top right) or on another similar video conferencing tool such as Zoom, and ask everyone to open the Conceptboard page at the start of the meeting to play the icebreakers.

    I’ll add some extra info in the post now, thanks.

  2. Hi Claudia, we recommend up to 50 participants on a board to maintain optimum performance levels, so 30 would be fine. Have fun!

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    1. Hi Abida, once you open the template you can double click on the icon, select duplicate, and it will place a new icon, then select the color you want to change it too. Thanks, Kat

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