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Icebreaker Questions that Won’t Make You Want to Poke Your Eyes Out

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How well do you know your co-workers? Do you think if you knew them better, you’d be able to work together more effectively? Asking people questions is one of the best ways to build relationships and get to know more about them.

Has Jamie ever traveled out of the country? Has Laura ever done anything crazy? Icebreaker questions like these are a great way to get your team out of work mode for a while and establish a stronger rapport with one another.

To help your team come closer, we’ve put together a long list of these types of questions. Pick one at a time or ask a handful to break the ice for a team meeting. No matter how you choose to use them, your team can have some fun while also getting to learn more about each other.

Looking for some icebreaker questions that won't make your team cringe? This huge list of icebreaker questions is sorted by topic and will give you and your team plenty to talk about.

Travel Icebreaker Questions

  • What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
  • What’s your favorite thing about the place where you live?
  • If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
  • Where is your favorite vacation spot?
  • What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
  • Have you ever been on a cruise? Where did you go?
  • Do you enjoy the outdoors? What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
  • How many countries have you visited outside your own?
  • What is your favorite weekend trip?
  • Who is your favorite person to travel with?
  • What is your favorite theme park?
  • In your opinion, what is the most beautiful place on earth?
  • Beach, safari, or forest vacation?

Animal Icebreaker Questions

  • Do you have any pets? What are their names?
  • Are you a cat person or a dog person?
  • What is your spirit animal? (The animal who is most similar to your personality.)
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • What is your favorite magical or mythological creature?
  • What famous animal movie character do you like the most?
  • Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
  • Are there any specific animals you are afraid of? Why?
  • What is the funniest thing one of your pets have done?
  • What is your favorite zoo animal?
  • If you were a fish, what type would you be?
  • If you had your human body, but the head of an animal, what animal would you pick?

Food Icebreaker Questions

  • Favorite grocery item while shopping locally?
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
  • If you could only eat one item of food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
  • What is your favorite candy or treat?
  • Sweet, salty, or sour?
  • What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
  • What is something you are great at cooking?
  • What is something you can’t cook?
  • What is your favorite dessert?
  • If you could eliminate one food so no one could eat it ever again, what would you destroy?
  • What is your favorite breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?

Hobby Icebreaker Questions

  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • What is your favorite thing to do by yourself?
  • What is your favorite sport or physical activity?
  • What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
  • What is your idea of fun?
  • What two things do you consider yourself to be very good at?
  • What two things do you consider yourself to be very bad at?
  • If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now?
  • What is something you hate doing? Why?
  • What is something you love doing? Why
  • Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
  • What was one new experience you tried that was completely unknown or uncomfortable to you at the time you tried it?

Have You Ever…? Icebreaker Questions

  • Have you ever been out of the country?
  • Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle?
  • Have you ever lived in another state?
  • Have you ever met a celebrity?
  • Have you ever been to Disney Land or Disney World?
  • Have you ever planted a garden?
  • Have you ever experienced a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado?
  • Have you ever won a contest?
  • Have you ever eaten a whole pizza by yourself?
  • Have you ever done any extreme sports like skydiving or bungee jumping?

Technology Icebreaker Questions

  • If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep? (Three apps that have changed your life.)
  • When did you get your first cell phone? What kind was it?
  • If you had to choose between only having a cell phone or a car for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
  • How many Facebook friends do you have? How many of them do you actually communicate with?
  • What technology innovation made the most impact on your life?
  • Desktop, laptop, or tablet? Which do you prefer to use?
  • What is your favorite thing about technology? Least favorite?

Sci-Fi & Entertainment Icebreaker Questions

  • Where would you time-travel, if it were possible?
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
  • If you were the captain of a pirate ship, what would be the name of your ship?
  • If you could travel to any other planet (real or fictional), where would you go and why?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • Who is your favorite actor/actress?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • What is your favorite tv series?
  • What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
  • If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
  • What type of music do you listen to?
  • What movie can you rewatch over and over again?

Reflective Icebreaker Questions

  • If you could go back in time and make little changes to your childhood, what is one thing you’d learn and master over the years so you’d be an expert at it today?
  • If you won a lottery of $1 billion, what would you do with all the money?
  • How would you change your life today if the average life expectancy was 400 years?
  • What is the most challenging job you can think of?
  • A genie grants you three wishes but none of them can directly benefit you. What would those wishes be?
  • If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?
  • What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • What is your most treasured material possession?
  • What is your favorite smell and why?
  • What do you never leave the house without other than your phone, keys or wallet?
  • Who is your hero, and why?
  • What is your earliest childhood memory?
  • Who was your favorite teacher in school and how did he or she impact you?
  • If you could choose an age to remain forever, which age would you choose?
  • What is one important skill every person should have?
  • What was the best thing that happened to you this weekend? This month? This year?
  • What is your favorite holiday?
  • Do you set New Years Resolutions? What was one of yours this year? Have you kept it?

Work Icebreaker Questions

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • What is your least favorite job you’ve ever had?
  • What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
  • What are you going to do when you retire?
  • What’s one sentence you’d like to hear from your boss?
  • What characteristic do you value the most in your coworkers?
  • What is the most important personal attribute that you bring to your job?
  • What are you most excited about in relation to your job this year?
  • What’s one work-related skill that you’d like to develop, especially if you could do it easily?
  • What coworker characteristic do you find most irritating?
  • What’s the single most important factor that you would change about your job?
  • What is the most significant factor, that your organization has control over, that interferes with your success?
  • How much money would you need to win to walk away from your current job?
  • What is one important skill that you think everyone should have?
  • There are now 25 hours in a day! How do you spend your extra hour?
  • What is one of your greatest work-related achievements?
  • What activity helps you relieve stress at work?
  • What class did you take in school that helps you with your job?
  • Professional, casual or sweatpants? If there were no dress code, how would you dress for work?

Funny Icebreaker Questions

  • What “old person” things do you do?
  • How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?
  • Who is your favorite cartoon character?
  • What is your guilty pleasure?
  • What are your favorite songs from your teenage years that you still rock out to when nobody else is listening?
  • Who was your childhood actor/actress crush?
  • What’s the most embarrassing moment from your teen years?
  • What’s the craziest dare you ever took?
  • What’s the craziest fashion trend you ever rocked?
  • What did you get into the most trouble for with your parents as a kid?
  • What’s your silliest memory with your best friend?
  • What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
  • What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?
  • What’s the worst haircut you ever had?
  • What’s the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?
  • What’s the most ridiculous thing your parents ever did to embarrass you?
  • As a kid, did you ever do something wrong but manage to pin it on your siblings?
Logan Derrick

Logan Derrick is a full-time business writer and content marketing strategist. For years, he has worked closely with several project management professionals, learning from them and increasing his own knowledge of the industry. Having held multiple management positions in fields ranging from customer service to marketing, Logan has found a passion for helping others learn about project management, marketing, and the powerful tools available to professionals today.

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