15 Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings - Icebreakers for Video Conference (2023)

menu

Start a Conversation

Back to Blog

July 02, 2020

15 Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings

15 Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings - Icebreakers for Video Conference (3)
(Video) Warm Up Any Meeting With These 8 Icebreakers

Why Consider Facilitating Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings?

These days, lots of us are spending most of our working hours on video conference. Virtual meetings have now become the norm for many teams and organizations. And how are we feeling about that? Well, although there are definitely benefits to interfacing remotely, I think we’ve all experienced the drawbacks – virtual meetings can feel disconnected, awkward, dull, and even draining.

Virtual Meeting Fatigue:

We know the most successful organizations of today are able to continually tap into the energy, motivation, and creativity of their people. But virtual meeting fatigue makes it especially challenging for leaders and facilitators to foster ongoing engagement and innovation within their teams.

What Can You Do?

One way to increase energy and connection in virtual meetings is to start with a simple warm-up game. These creative and playful activities stimulate interaction and engagement while setting a positive tone for the rest of your meeting.

I’ve gathered 15 of my favorite team warm-ups from around the internet that can be utilized in virtual mode. Thanks and credit to SessionLab, Hyper Island, Mural, and CityHunt for being resources for many of these ideas.

Count Up:
For this activity, the collective goal of the group is to count up to the number 20. Only one person can speak at a time (by saying one number out loud), and there is no designated order of who goes after whom. Plus, if anyone speaks on-top of each other (even by a second) by saying the same number at the same time, the group has to start back at the number 1. To succeed, everyone will have to listen carefully, remain present, and tune-in to “reading the virtual room”.

(Video) 5 Icebreaker Ideas for Your Virtual Meetings

Quick Questions:
This is meant to be a fast-paced activity during which the facilitator poses a number of fill-in-the-blank questions to the group in quick succession. Participants can be instructed to say their answers aloud or share them in the chat box. Prompts might include things like: “My favorite food is ________,” “I’d love to travel to _______,” “As a kid, I dreamed of________,” “A hobby of mine is _______,” or “My favorite vacation was_______.”

Shake Down:
This is a fun warm-up that involves physical movement and stretching, which can be useful as a way to energize participants who have been sitting in lots of virtual meetings! Ask everyone to stand-up (although sitting could work too). The activity involves first shaking the right arm, then the left arm, then the right leg, and then the left leg. Start by doing 6 shakes of each, while everyone counts together 1-2-3-4-5-6. Then do 4 shakes, then 2, and finally 1. At the end, have everyone cheer and clap. And, for a more playful approach, you could invite participants to strike a signature pose at the end of the activity.

Something About Me:
This basic prompt is meant to foster more personal connection between team members. Each participant is encouraged to share a fun fact about themselves by completing the following sentence: “Something about me you probably don’t know is…”. After everyone goes, you can spice it up by voting on the most interesting or surprising fact and giving that person a small prize. Or, make this a guessing game by having team members email their answers to the facilitator in advance. Then, the facilitator can read-out each fact and have everyone guess who it’s about.

Story Around the Circle:
This warm-up involves the collaborative creation of a silly story. The facilitator or leader starts the story with an incomplete sentence like “One day, an undercover agent posing as a marketing executive entered a…”. Then, the facilitator “passes” the story to another person in the meeting, who completes the sentence, builds on it, and creates another incomplete sentence to pass to the next person. The final person wraps up the story with a concluding statement. Make sure you have someone writing down the story as you go. Or, you could ask that everyone type their statements into the chat room as a way to capture them. Then, after the story is complete, the facilitator reads the entire story back to the group.

Time Machine:
Hasn’t everyone imagined going back in time at one point or another? In this activity, participants are asked to choose a historical event or time period to which they’d like to travel. Each participant shares their answer and explains one reason why they chose that particular time period.

One Word Check-In:
During this warm-up, team members are given a prompt and asked to select and share just one word that represents their answer. Words can be shared out-loud or in the chat box. Example prompts could include: “How are you feeling right now?,” “What’s something you need most from the team?,” or “What’s something you’re thankful for today?”.

What am I Doing?:
To start this warm-up game, one person begins silently miming an action (for example, opening a jar). The rest of the team tries to guess what activity that person is doing. The first person who guesses it by naming it out-loud will go next by miming another action (for example, brushing their hair). This continues until each person has had a chance to act something out. Note: Once someone has correctly guessed an action (and subsequently mimed another action), they are “out” and can’t continue participating.

The Story of My Name:
This activity can be done with the entire group or in virtual paired breakouts. Participants are asked to share something about the story of their name – why they were named what they’re named. Answers can range from straightforward (I was named after my grandpa) to unique (My name is the Italian word for cheerful). If done in breakouts, come back to the large group and have each person explain their partner’s name instead of their own.

Image Search:
For this game, the facilitator provides a prompt to the group, such as “Me in work mode,” “My perfect Saturday,” or “How I do coffee.” Participants use Google image search to find a graphic or meme that fits the prompt, and everyone pastes their chosen image into a shared Google doc. Team members then talk about what image they selected and why. Note: the image selection could either be done prior to the meeting or during the meeting itself, depending on the time available.

Imaginary Friend:
In this simple warm-up, each person is asked to pick their ideal imaginary friend, either fictional or real, alive or dead. Participants are then asked to share who they picked and explain one reason why they chose that person.

(Video) 3 simple online energizers & icebreakers for your virtual meetings ⚡⚡⚡

Name that Sound:
For this game, everyone will deactivate their webcam and only use audio. One person will begin by making a sound, either with their voice or with surrounding objects. The rest of the group tries to guess what the sound is (for example, the sound of an animal or the sound of rattling keys). The first person who guesses it by naming it out-loud will go next by making another sound. This continues until each person has had a chance to go. Note: Once someone has correctly guessed a sound (and subsequently made their own sound), they are “out” and can’t continue participating.

2 Truths and a Lie:
This is a classic get-to-know-you style game that helps team members build connection and learn new (and surprising) things about each other. Each person takes a few minutes to think about two interesting facts about themselves, and one lie. Then, participants take turns sharing their three statements and having the rest of the team guess which one is the lie.

Guess that Throwback Song:
To prep for this activity, the facilitator needs to find or create a playlist of songs from 10 or more years ago. Then, during the meeting, the facilitator will play a snippet of each song and have the team guess the name of the song or artist. To create some friendly competition, simple prizes could be awarded for the winners, or the group could be divided up into two teams that play against each other.

Show and Tell:
In this activity, team members are asked to select a favorite item from their desk or home office and are given 1 minute to share the item on camera and explain its meaning to the group. Participants can select anything, from a favorite book, to a figurine, to a framed picture.

Tags:

  • Building a Team,
  • Communication,
  • Creative Leadership,
  • Humor at Work,
  • Innovation,
  • Working Remotely
  • Featured on
    15 Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings - Icebreakers for Video Conference (5)
  • Certified with
    15 Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings - Icebreakers for Video Conference (6)
  • Coach for
    15 Warm-Up Games for Virtual Meetings - Icebreakers for Video Conference (7)

FAQs

What are good ice breaker zoom games? ›

15 Virtual Ice Breakers For Fun Team Meetings
  • Tell Us Your Most Used Emoji. This is a fun one because it's easy and everyone uses emojis. ...
  • Two Truths And A Lie. ...
  • Virtual Vacation. ...
  • Mood Check-In. ...
  • Myers Briggs Test. ...
  • Show and Tell. ...
  • Take A Picture Of Your View. ...
  • Guess My Hometown.
30 Sept 2022

What is a fun virtual icebreaker? ›

Virtual ice breakers are games, ideas and activities that help participants have fun and build social connections. You can use these ideas at the start of virtual meetings, and for welcoming new participants. Example games include charades, ice breaker questions, and two truths, one lie.

What is the most powerful icebreaker? ›

1. Arktika. Arktika is one of the latest nuclear-powered of Russia under the Project 22220 icebreakers. IT is currently the largest and most powerful icebreaker ship in the world.

What are some unique icebreaker questions? ›

Great Icebreaker Questions
  • What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
  • When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
  • What is your favorite item you've bought this year?
  • What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?
  • What is your absolute dream job?
17 Sept 2021

What is a fun quick ice breaker? ›

Two Truths and a Lie

One of the more classic ice breakers in the list, Two Truths and a Lie can be used anywhere from family parties to company events. To play, you simply ask each person to brainstorm three "facts" about themselves -- two of the facts will be true, and one will be a lie.

What are some fun ways to start a virtual meeting? ›

Ways to make virtual meetings more fun
  1. Virtual icebreakers. ...
  2. Online team building games. ...
  3. Remote team building challenges. ...
  4. Virtual team building activities. ...
  5. Zoom backgrounds. ...
  6. Virtual Minute to Win It Games. ...
  7. Remote Trivia. ...
  8. Loose-structured social time.
23 Oct 2022

How do you play 10 things in common? ›

10 things in common

Split everyone into pairs and hand each pair a piece of paper. Each pair is responsible for finding 10 things they have in common with one another. Remember to tell everyone easy cop-outs aren't allowed, like "we both have hands".

What is a good icebreaker question for work? ›

Funny icebreaker questions

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? If you could change gender for a day what's the first thing you would do? What's your biggest irrational phobia and why? If you became president today, what's the first bill you would pass?

What is a fun way to start a meeting? ›

17 fun ways to start a meeting to make it more engaging
  • Do a quiz. ...
  • Hold a meeting outside. ...
  • Create an interactive agenda. ...
  • Provide food. ...
  • Make groups. ...
  • Change the seating chart. ...
  • Play a game of charades. ...
  • Ask interesting questions.
29 Sept 2021

What is the 5 minute game? ›

5-Minute Dungeon is a chaotic, co-operative, real-time card game in which players have only five minutes to escape the randomized dungeon. Communication and teamwork are critical to survival because there's no time to form a carefully considered plan — and no predicting what dangers lie ahead.

What are hot and cold games? ›

"Hot or cold" is a simple hiding game and a play with words. Get your three or four year old to close their eyes tightly, and face away from you (so that they can't peak). Hide a soft toy somewhere in the room, or a small waterproof item outdoors. Then let your child run around to find it.

What are some fun energizers? ›

Online energizers: my 5 favourite energizer activities
  • Physical exercise break. Moving the body is good for the mind. ...
  • Walk-n-talk. Another way of getting people up and moving is to initiate walk-n-talks in pairs. ...
  • Meditation and breathing. ...
  • Reflection break in writing. ...
  • Have someone play an instrument/sing/perform.
10 Feb 2021

What do you say at the beginning of a virtual meeting? ›

Welcome + Greeting + Introductions

If it's your first time meeting them, formally greet everyone and give a brief introduction of yourself when the host prompts you. If you're the host, you should introduce yourself at the beginning of the meeting.

How do you bring energy to a virtual meeting? ›

Here are a few tips to bring more energy into your virtual meetings:
  1. Take Advantage of Webcams.
  2. Only Use Mute Functions When Necessary.
  3. Maintain a Lively Pace—But Stay Organized!
  4. Be Culturally Conscious.
27 Mar 2020

What are some virtual activities? ›

Virtual Team Building Activities: Sortable List
ActivityFun 🎉Effort 🔨
Virtual Pub CrawlMediumLow
Call of the ChampionsMediumLow
Virtual Dance PartyHighLow
Arm's Reach Show & TellMediumLow
34 more rows
10 Nov 2022

What are some fun virtually games? ›

From scavenger hunts to word games and more, here is a list of fun online games to play on Zoom with coworkers.
  • Lightning Scavenger Hunts ⚡ ...
  • Zoom “Conference Call” Bingo. ...
  • Zoom Trivia. ...
  • Online Office Games (Hosted Game) ...
  • Five Things. ...
  • Something in Common. ...
  • Blackout Truth or Dare. ...
  • Superhero Academy (Hosted Game)
2 Nov 2022

What is a good ice breaker message? ›

Dating ice breaker questions

If you could change the world in one way, what would you change? What is the best part of your day? Do you like things that are more trendy or classic? What do you think will keep you young?

What's the thickest ice an icebreaker can break? ›

In the Arctic Ocean, the icebreaker can reach any point during any season of the year. According to the shipbuilder's specification, the ship can move along freely breaking through flat ice of up to 2.8 meters (9.2 feet) thick.

How do you break the ice professionally? ›

Break the ice by making a comment or statement, often followed by a question. This technique works especially well when you're with a group of people sharing a similar experience, such as waiting at the doctor's office, attending a gallery opening, or standing in line.

What are some good 21 questions? ›

21 Questions List
  • What's the weirdest dream you've ever had?
  • If you could travel to any year in a time machine, what year would you choose and why?
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  • What's one of the most fun childhood memories you have?
5 May 2021

What are some fun interactive questions? ›

Unique Icebreaker Questions for Large Groups
  • What makes you feel excited to be alive right now? ...
  • What was the last thing you put 100% into? ...
  • If you could have credit for any invention in history, what would you choose? ...
  • If you were a refrigerator, what item would you hate holding? ...
  • What does your aura look like?
2 Nov 2022

What are some fun questions to answer? ›

Funny Questions to Ask Friends
  • What is the most useless invention of all time?
  • What song would you play if you were at a party?
  • What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
  • What's your favourite fruit?
  • Who was the worst teacher you've ever had?
  • Who's the most interesting person you've ever met?
31 Jul 2020

What are the best large group icebreakers? ›

A: Some good icebreakers for large groups include introductions (casual and formal), fun facts, common interests, and asking everyone to name one thing they're looking forward to in the next week. You can also try riddles, trivia, or other games. The important thing is to get everyone interacting and having fun!

What are some icebreakers for adults? ›

25 Icebreaker Activities for Adults
  • Conversation Starters - Pose a silly question to each person in the group: Favorite candy as a child? ...
  • Favorite App - Get out your phones and show your favorite “unique” app to the group. ...
  • For Millennials Only - Read out your most recent social media post.
  • Think Fast!

How do you make a virtual event fun and engaging? ›

6 ways to make more engaging and interactive virtual events
  1. Create quizzes and questionnaires. ...
  2. Encourage voting during virtual events. ...
  3. Create a fun learning experience. ...
  4. Create memories with interactive virtual events platform. ...
  5. Communication.

How do I make my virtual meeting more interactive? ›

Once you've optimized for inclusive participation, it's time to use the tactics below to transform meeting participants into fully engaged attendees.
  1. Engagement starts with your meeting agenda. ...
  2. Use icebreaker questions to crack open conversation. ...
  3. Make it visual. ...
  4. Collect feedback in real-time with surveys and polls.
1 Jul 2022

What virtual games can you play on teams? ›

There are many virtual games to play on Microsoft Teams, however, the most popular ones are Guess Who, Pictionary, Trivia, Icebreakers and Scavenger Hunt. Microsoft Teams bots like Ricotta Games & Trivia let you play trivia, games and icebreakers in Teams with your coworkers.

What is team icebreaker? ›

Icebreakers can be an effective way to help teams get to know each other and feel more comfortable collaborating. It's important to choose the right icebreaker for your team. Teams that know each other well may be more comfortable sharing personal information.

What is an example of an ice breaker? ›

2 Truths and a Lie

You come up with two truths and a lie, and people in the group try to guess the lie. To add an extra wrinkle, break off into pairs. Spend five to ten minutes allowing the partners to get to know one another. By the end of that time, have them come up with two truths and a lie about their partner.

What is the candy game icebreaker? ›

Candy Introductions is a get-‐to-‐know-‐you game that helps people learn new facts about each other in an easy way. They select various pieces of candy from a bag, and each candy variety is associated with a fact about themselves which they will introduce to the others.

How do you spice up a boring meeting? ›

Spice up your weekly meeting by changing the venue. Introduce fun and games (literally). Consider the addition of strategic silence and breaks.
...
Tweet This
  1. Don't over-schedule. No one wants to spend six hours a week in meetings.
  2. Only schedule a meeting when it is truly necessary.
  3. Schedule shorter meetings.
30 Apr 2018

How do you spice up a meeting? ›

8 ways to spice up your space
  1. Remove the table from the meeting room.
  2. Have nice sofa's, comfy chairs and a glass of wine for the meeting.
  3. Play Mozart on the background.
  4. Organise a walk and have the meeting outside.
  5. Let every participant take off their shoes before entering the meeting room.

What are five warm-up activities? ›

Some other examples of warm-up exercises are leg bends, leg swings, shoulder/ arm circles, jumping jacks, jumping rope, lunges, squats, walking or a slow jog, yoga, torso twists, standing side bends, lateral shuffle, butt kickers, knee bends, and ankle circles.

What are some fun warm-up activities? ›

Warm-up activities for all levels
  • Photo sharing mingle (10-20 minutes) ...
  • Asking correct questions (10-15 minutes) ...
  • Vocabulary race (15-20 minutes) ...
  • As many uses for a potato (20 minutes) ...
  • Special word detectives (30 minutes) ...
  • The thing of my dreams (25-30 minutes)
7 Oct 2021

What are the 5 target games? ›

Sports that use target game objectives include archery, bocce, croquet, golf and ten pin bowling. Target Games provide fun and engaging ways to develop physical literacy across the four domains as outlined below.

What should I do in 12 minutes game? ›

10 Beginner Tips For 12 Minutes
  1. 10/10 Leave The House When Something Fails.
  2. 9/10 Always Try Building Up Towards The Next Loop.
  3. 8/10 Talk About Everything With Everyone.
  4. 7/10 Pause The Game While Thinking Of What To Do.
  5. 6/10 Have A Thorough Look Around In The First Loop.
20 Feb 2022

What are the rules of 30 Seconds game? ›

There are five words printed on each card side. The opposing team then turns over the 30-second timer to begin the describing and guessing. The describer may describe the five words in any order and in any way they wish, including singing, humming and gesticulating.

What is the hot chocolate game? ›

The aim is to touch the 'in' person saying "hot chocolate". On doing this they all run back to the starting point with the 'in' person chasing them, attempting to tag one. The tagged person becomes the new 'in' person.

Who is hot game? ›

In combinatorial game theory, a branch of mathematics, a hot game is one in which each player can improve their position by making the next move. By contrast, a cold game is one where each player can only worsen their position by making the next move.

What is Hot or Not game? ›

Hot or Not, currently rebranded as Chat & Date, is a rating site that allowed users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted voluntarily by others. The site offered a matchmaking engine called 'Meet Me' and an extended profile feature called "Hotlists".

What are engaging games? ›

At their core, games are pleasurable learning engines that deliver an experience that's deeply, intrinsically motivating. Over time you absorb the rules, build your skills, tackle ever-greater challenges — and in the process, you're transformed in some way that's meaningful to YOU.

How do you welcome everyone in a virtual meeting? ›

Welcome
  1. Well, since everyone is here, we should get started.
  2. Hello, everyone. Thank you for coming today.
  3. I think we'll begin now. First I'd like to welcome you all.
  4. Thank you all for coming at such short notice.
  5. I really appreciate you all for attending today.
  6. We have a lot to cover today, so we really should begin.

How do you energize before a meeting? ›

1. Going Well – Ask everyone to go around the table and share one thing that is going well in their lives or at work. Give them about 30 seconds each. This is a quick way to raise brain serotonin levels by focusing on something positive and taking their minds away from the problem they were just solving.

How do I make virtual training more fun? ›

In conclusion, remembering to be creative and using technology to your advantage, as well as incorporating ideas for interactivity, will make virtual training a lot more engaging. Allowing attendees small interludes for breakout rooms and actual breaks will help create a collaborative and dynamic learning experience.

What are the 10 most popular online game? ›

Here is a list of the Top 10 Online Games in the World.
  • PUBG | The Best Online Game: Developed By: PUBG Corporation. ...
  • Minecraft | The Best game On the Internet: Developed By: Mojang Studios. ...
  • Apex Legends: ...
  • Fortnite Battle Royale: ...
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. ...
  • HearthStone: ...
  • League of Legends: ...
  • Call of Duty Mobile(COD):
9 Jun 2022

How do you play 20 questions zoom? ›

10. 20 questions. In this popular 2-player game to play on Zoom, each player thinks of a person, place, or thing. Player one asks a question like, “is it a person, place, or thing,” or “is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?” The players take turns asking questions until a player guesses the answer.

What are the 5 types of online games? ›

Online games
  • First-person shooter game (FPS)
  • Real-time strategy game (RTS)
  • Massively multiplayer online game (MMO)
  • Multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA)
  • Battle Royale games.
  • MUD.
  • Other notable games.

How do you make virtual work meetings more fun? ›

Give everyone a heads up that they will have about a minute at the beginning of the meeting to take the virtual stage. Ask them to find or write an icebreaker joke, read a poem, sing a song, play the mandolin—anything they want! Start your meeting with these glorious performances.

What are the games we can play in virtual meeting? ›

The 10 Best Online Games for Remote Employees
  • Ice Breaker. A series of get-to-know-you questions is always a simple option to kick off your online team building games. ...
  • Two Truths and a Lie. ...
  • Video Charades. ...
  • Photo of Your Life Challenge. ...
  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt. ...
  • Donut for Slack. ...
  • Time Traveler. ...
  • Pitch Me.

How do you make a good first impression in a virtual meeting? ›

Behave as you would in an in-person meeting

Sit up straight and pay attention. Try to look at/near the camera when speaking. Avoid looking at other screens, unless you're looking up something that's relevant to the conversation topic at hand.

How do you play 10 things in common icebreaker? ›

10 things in common

Split everyone into pairs and hand each pair a piece of paper. Each pair is responsible for finding 10 things they have in common with one another. Remember to tell everyone easy cop-outs aren't allowed, like "we both have hands".

What fun activities can be done online? ›

Virtual board games or different jigsaw puzzles. An online game of Pictionary or office trivia. Another icebreaker activity such as virtual karaoke.
...
  • Virtual Escape Room. ...
  • Virtual Jeoparty Social. ...
  • Virtual Clue Murder Mystery. ...
  • Virtual Happy Hour Trivia. ...
  • Virtual Team Pursuit. ...
  • Get your team to Virtual Paris!
4 Oct 2021

How do I start a fun Zoom meeting? ›

A quick and easy way to make Zoom meetings more fun is to add an icebreaker question at the beginning. For example, you could ask participants to share “your name and favorite dessert” or “the first movie you remember watching.” Here is a full list of icebreaker questions for Zoom meetings.

What are some fun things to do in a zoom meeting? ›

From scavenger hunts to word games and more, here is a list of fun online games to play on Zoom with coworkers.
  • Lightning Scavenger Hunts ⚡ ...
  • Zoom “Conference Call” Bingo. ...
  • Zoom Trivia. ...
  • Online Office Games (Hosted Game) ...
  • Five Things. ...
  • Something in Common. ...
  • Blackout Truth or Dare. ...
  • Superhero Academy (Hosted Game)
2 Nov 2022

Videos

1. Virtual Team Building Activities [IDEAS FOR REMOTE TEAMS]
(Adriana Girdler)
2. Fun Icebreakers for Meetings [TEAM BONDING ACTIVITIES FOR WORK]
(Adriana Girdler)
3. 3 icebreakers that work anywhere, anytime ⛸
(THE MAGIC SAUCE)
4. Use This Icebreaker To Warm Up Any Meeting
(Chad Littlefield)
5. 5 more SIMPLE online energizers & icebreakers for your meetings ⚡
(THE MAGIC SAUCE)
6. 3 Icebreakers To Play On Video Conferences
(Chad Littlefield)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Jeremiah Abshire

Last Updated: 11/29/2022

Views: 6092

Rating: 4.3 / 5 (74 voted)

Reviews: 89% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Jeremiah Abshire

Birthday: 1993-09-14

Address: Apt. 425 92748 Jannie Centers, Port Nikitaville, VT 82110

Phone: +8096210939894

Job: Lead Healthcare Manager

Hobby: Watching movies, Watching movies, Knapping, LARPing, Coffee roasting, Lacemaking, Gaming

Introduction: My name is Jeremiah Abshire, I am a outstanding, kind, clever, hilarious, curious, hilarious, outstanding person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.