5 Of The Best Icebreakers For Successful Remote Meetings
“We had our first meeting yesterday, and we just laughed all the way through, so if we can bottle that, then I’ll be happy.” — Allan Carr
Mr. Carr would make a fortune if he could, in fact, bottle a joyous meeting.
As anyone who has sat through meetings can attest, they can be boring, painful, and may even have participants hoping for the merciful release of death.
Yes, they can be that bad.
Or, they can be excellent methods for bringing a team together, building morale among team members, and brainstorming sessions which garner ideas that compel the company forward.
The difference lies in one word of Allan Carr’s quote: laughed. If you can create a relaxed, fun environment for your meetings then they will be less painful and more productive as well.
All of this is doubly important for remote meetings. It is hard enough to hold a team’s attention and focus when they are in the same room with you. It is nearly impossible for meetings held virtually.
Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of 6 of the best icebreakers for remote meetings.
#1: Short, opening question
Keep it simple. Questions about favorites — color, food, vacation spot — can loosen people up and after a few months will build a special bond.
#2: Take a picture of something in your world and share it with the group
It does not matter what it is — your shoes, the view out your window, your work area, something on your desk — anything. The point is to give your teammates a look into your workspace.
#3: Play Trivia
Keep it simple. Play one round and then segway into the meeting. It is great to use a question that ties in with the topic of the meeting if possible.
#4: The True & False Game
Most college graduates know this game, it is popular among professors as an icebreaker as well. Simply have each person tell 3 facts about themselves — 2 true and 1 that is a lie. While participants learn a little about each other, they also build team cohesion and collaboration.
#5: Share the Meeting Agenda & Time Frame
While this may not seem like an icebreaker, it tackles the biggest barrier to participation in a web meeting … the questions running through participants’ minds during.
What is this about? What am I doing here? How long will this take? What else could I be doing instead of this?
Give people realistic, positive reasons for being there. Show them that you respect their time.
By breaking the ice and easing any pre-meeting tension, you can make sure the participants give as much to the meeting and take as much from the meeting as you had hoped they would.
Virtual meetings do not have to be tedious or painful. In fact, they should not be.
Ice breakers don’t have to be charming, cute, or even creative. They do need to set a tone of professionalism, team spirit, and respect for the participant’s intelligence and time.
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