Let’s discuss: Ice breakers for virtual meetings

Hey, we’ve all been there.  Whether it’s the start of a new job or the beginning of a new project, there comes a time for the icebreaker. You know, the “go around the room and tell everyone…” It could be your favorite book, the best place you’ve ever traveled to or, my personal favorite, “something unique about yourself.” (That one always drives me crazy – I never know what to say).

Now that more and more people are working remotely, sometimes these icebreakers need to happen in our virtual meetings, too. Because we use join.me free screen sharing to collaborate with the people we work with, we use icebreakers, too. So, let’s discuss: If you are starting a new project with a group of people you don’t know very well, what are your favorite virtual icebreakers to use? Which ones do you find work the best? Which ones don’t work?

Let us know in the comments.


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Maggie Hibma is a member of the join.me product team.

6 thoughts on “Let’s discuss: Ice breakers for virtual meetings

  1. I usually check out their social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) to find out what’s on their radar and start the discussion there.

  2. There is always a wait time while everyone gets online and I don’t want the topic of conversation to be discussed until everyone gets online. What has been very effective for me is to lookup a comic or funny image that is related to the topic. I set that as my desktop or a small (usually center) portion of my desktop. As people logon and see my screen, they get a chuckle and we can keep the discussion positive and off topic until everyone arrives. (As I use the Fences application, I can hide all my desktop icons, so only the cartoon shows.)

    It takes me 5 minutes to search Google or Bing images to find something appropriate and set it as my desktop. This has been a very successful ‘ice breaker’ and meeting control strategy.

    • @andrew – and now with join.me pro you can personalize your background and do the same thing.

      • Mike – Well, I’ve got my standard background for the Pro account. Only occasionally do I swap it out for a comic or anything else. I like my background 🙂 I leave the comics for my desktop.

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