Icebreakers for Online Meetings
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You have a virtual room full of participants, and you want a quick activity that helps warm up the group. Improv inspired icebreakers to the rescue!
Here are three unique icebreakers for online meetings that help set a tone of creativity, collaboration and fun.
True of Me. One person states something that is true of them (e.g. “I have ridden a motorcycle”) and everyone that this true of stays on screen, while everyone that this isn’t true of covers their webcam with their hand or a piece of paper. Repeat for as long as the group is having fun, each time calling on someone whose video was covered in the last round to say something true of them.
Scavenger Hunt. Give participants 30 seconds to jump up, find something, and bring it back to the computer. You can ask for something mundane (e.g. something made of wood) or meaningful (e.g. an object you think tells a story about you). Share the object with the entire group, or use breakout rooms if you have many participants. Bonus creativity exercise: once everyone has shared what their object is, have everyone quickly list 5 other things their object could be.
Zoom Whack-a-Mole. This is a ridiculous game that gets everyone moving around and laughing, and you can find the complete instructions for it here. The game works best with music playing in the background, so while running it play a song on your computer and use Zoom’s share audio feature (Share Screen->Advanced->Share audio).