Working remotely, although wonderful, can make team meetings a bit awkward. Without a good way to break the ice and get everyone talking, the sound of crickets can become very evident. Below are a few suggestions when trying to get everyone engaged during virtual team meetings.
Check out these six great icebreakers for virtual team meetings.
1. Share a snapshot of your life.
From the type of shoes you are wearing, to a snapshot of your office, to what is right outside your window, sharing a snapshot of your life is a fun way to get everyone connected. For geographically dispersed teams, this can help create connections through real-life happenings.
2. Create a team map.
Geographically dispersed teams, especially when they are big, can forget where their coworkers are located. As an icebreaker, have team members create a virtual map and pinpoint each of their locations. This can be a fun reminder of where everyone is while meeting in a remote workspace.
3. Play trivia!
Trivia is a fantastic way to help people work together as a team as well as get to connect in a non-work manner. You can keep it simple with one round of trivia questions and then lead into the meeting, or you can go full out and use it as a team bonding experience.
4. Ask fun, non-work related questions.
It’s hard to break the ice during virtual team meetings if you are only focused on business. Break the meeting mold and start off with a fun, non-related work question and then let everyone share their answer. Some fun ideas could include favorite movies, favorite pets, and favorite childhood toys.
5. Get personal with true and false statement games.
As a way to get to know each other better, a common exercise is for team members to come prepared with two true statements and one false statement. Then, as a collective, the other team members must decide which statement is false. Not only does this help build team cohesion and collaboration, but it also allows everyone to get to know each other a little bit better on a personal level.
6. Share a virtual snack!
Everyone has to eat at some point or another, so why not start your virtual team meetings by sharing a snack or coffee! Or, go all in and have lunch together. Sharing food is a common way to connect with others, and it can be a great conversation starter!
Virtual team meetings don’t have to be all business. Try adding a little fun to your meetings by breaking the ice through team building activities.