Meeting new people in or out of the office can be hard, as you might not have a clue on what to say to them. A first impression is extremely important, and you want to make sure that it’s a good one. With that said, there are some icebreakers that you can use to make things much easier for all parties involved, whether you’re in a group or a one on one setting. Here are some of our favorites.
One on One
5. What is your favorite team building activity?
You may be fresh out of ideas for a fun group activity, so why not ask someone individually? You may find a game you’ve never heard of or an activity that truly gets everyone involved.
4. What’s the last movie/TV show you watched?
There’s no easier ice breaker in the world than asking someone about their favorite shows or movies. For those of us going through adult life, it’s basically the biggest non-work or family related thing in our lives.
3. What is your favorite karaoke song?
You can tell a lot about somebody based on their music choices, but even more so when they tell you what song they aren’t afraid to belt out in front of a crowd.
2. What is something you want to try for the very first time this year?
Whether it be sky-diving, leaving the country for the first time or any other adventurous topic, there’s something that everyone hasn’t tried for the first time. Get people to step out of their comfort zone just a little bit and ask them what they want to finally try and get motivated to do so.
1. What activity makes you forget what time it is?
Asking someone what their favorite hobby is usually results in an “umm,” but if you ask someone what makes them truly lose track of time, it’s a better way to phrase that question.
5. What’s one thing nobody can beat you at?
Everyone has a hobby or interest, and some of those people are really, really good. Let people showcase their skills and promote some friendly and healthy competition to lighten the mood.
4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
In a work setting, this question is one that always inspires a lot of conversation and soul searching. You’ll be able to get the background for many of your fellow employees and also get some great advice for yourself in the process.
3. What is your ultimate dream job?
While the go-to answer for a lot of people will be “the job I have right now,” make sure that they aren’t afraid to keep climbing that ladder. There could also be some great fits within the company that they might not have known about previously.
2. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Some people may be very sluggish in the morning and get things done. If you know everyone’s tendencies, you can understand more about their productivity and can make schedule adjustments if needed.
1. Where in the world do you want to visit the most?
Asking this question is fun, but could also help that person’s career. If you’re in a large company setting, there may be job opportunities in that place that they wanted to visit.