Icebreaker questions are a great way to engage your team and get everyone to open up a bit. It can be difficult to find ideas for icebreaker questions that are inclusive, build personal context and form a team culture.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of 100+ Parabol-approved icebreaker questions to make your retrospectives more fun and inclusive.
Remember that there’s a big difference between good and bad icebreakers. All of these questions can be answered by anyone, reveal useful insights about team members, and encourage self-expression. None of them have right or wrong answers or are likely to make anyone feel inadequate.
Some of our favorites are in bold - start there if you don't have time to dive into the whole list.
If you had to describe how you’re feeling right now as a weather pattern, what’s your forecast?
What’s something you’re looking forward to, and why?
What’s something you’re worried about?
What’s something new or interesting you’ve learned recently?
What animal best represents you today, and why?
What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now?
What was your favorite recent meal, and why?
If you could have one superpower today, what would it be, and for what purpose?
Show us something in your space that you really like
What’s got your attention today, and why?
What was your favorite recent book or article, and what did it inspire?
Heard any good tips lately?
What emoji represents you today and why?
If you were going to be frozen tomorrow for a one-way 1000-year interstellar voyage, what would you most want to communicate (and to whom) before you leave?
What’s the most important thing to remember daily that you haven’t been able to?
What help could you most use that you haven’t asked for?
What is your one piece of advice to everyone here?
What was the last thing you fell in love with?
When was the last time you felt unbounded optimism?
Who was the last person you felt inspired by?
What simple thing still blows your mind?
What sparked your curiosity in whatever you’re most curious about now?
If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
Which question can you ask to find out the most about a person?
What color best describes your personality today?
What’s something new you’ve learned about yourself in the last three months?
Have you been pleasantly surprised by anything recently?
If you did not have to sleep, how would you spend the extra 8 hours?
What thing from nature, excluding animals, best describes you today?
If you could do something that you don’t because it’s bad for you, but you could do it without repercussions - what would you do?
What question do you wish people would ask you?
If you could be one other person, who would that person be and why?
If you had to describe how you’re feeling right now as an amusement park ride, what ride are you on?
If you could safely eat any inedible object, what would it be?
What are you reading right now?
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
Is there any topic lately that you would like to be mentored on?
Are there any aspects of your personality which hold you back? How do you adapt?
What’s one project that you could stop doing to give yourself more focus?
When you’re feeling stressed, how do you deal with it?
How would you describe your communication style in 3 words?
What criteria helps you decide whether to say ‘no’ to something or commit to it?
What are you excited about this week? What worries you?
What’s one rule your parents or guardians enforced when you were a kid?
Do you have any routines you use to improve your energy and focus?
How do you recognize when you’re stressed?
Who has made a positive difference in your life recently?
If you had to eat only one dish for the rest of time, what would it be?
What’s one country you would love to visit and why?
If you could be fluent in another language instantly, which would you choose, and why?
What’s something people don’t know about you?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
What’s the most useful item you’ve purchased this year?
If you could describe your life as a movie, what genre would it be?
If you were coming out onto a stage, what would your entrance song be?
What was your least favorite food as a child? Why did you dislike it?
If you were setting off to Mars and could take only one luxury item with you, what would it be?
If you had to give a lecture on one thing, what would it be?
If you could become a supernatural creature at night, what would it be, and why?
If you could bring back a fashion trend, what would it be, and why?
What season would you be? Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn?
If you could have an unlimited supply of one food or drink, what would it be?
What fictional world would you most like to live in?
You’re cooking for the whole team, what is your signature dish?
If you could live in another historical period, would you? If so, which one?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you had to sing karaoke right now, which song would you pick?
What is the most used emoji on your phone right now?
What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Why?
If you had a time machine, would you go back in time to meet your ancestors, or forward in time to meet your descendents?
If you could live with any fictional character, who would you choose?
If you were reincarnated as an animal what would you choose and why?
Which bucket list item do you most want to check off this year?
What’s one skill that helps you successfully work remotely?
What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given? And why was it so bad?
If you could teleport anywhere in the world, where would you go right now?
Which fictional character would you want by your side during a zombie apocalypse.
What’s one thing you wish could be automated in your job?
What’s an unusual tradition you or your family have?
Name a TV show you think is under-rated. Describe it in a sentence.
What was your first ever job?
What’s one thing you are unbeatable at?
If your character was a cocktail, which would you be?
What’s one thing many people hate, but you love?
What is your favorite smell and why?
What’s one thing you’ve been procrastinating on and can’t finish?
What was your favorite class in school? Why?
If you could keep only one part of your morning routine, what would it be?
Do you work better with or without music? What are you listening to while you work?
Have you ever experienced a culture shock? Where was it and what happened?
If you had unlimited time and resources, how would you spend your days?
What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
What’s something you would change if you ran the world?
What’s the last book you quit reading, and why?
What’s the last thing you completed that you’re proud of?
Have you learned any useful productivity hacks recently?
If your home was packed full of golf balls how would you remove them
Do you have a favorite mug? Let us see it and explain why you love it.
What’s one productivity tool you couldn’t live without, and what makes it indispensable?
How do you get motivated for difficult tasks?
Look around and assess how satisfied you are with your physical workspace. What’s one thing you love about it?
Name a healthy food you enjoy and an unhealthy food that you find hard to resist.
What’s an adventurous thing you’ve done?
What’s the next item on your bucket list?
What are your favorite TV shows?
What age do you wish you could be permanently?
What's your guilty pleasure when you have free time during the week?
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
What are some strategies that you’ve found to be helpful for your recent work?
What’s something on your desk, a nearby wall, or out the window that cheers you up during the day?
What boundaries have you set to ensure that you unplug from work?
If you were forced to watch reruns of a favorite show or a random selection of new shows, which would you choose?
Would you rather spend a three-week trip visiting multiple interesting destinations or one interesting destination?
What’s one of the biggest risks you’ve taken in your career? How do you feel about having taken it?
What was your favorite cereal as a kid?
What's something you rebelled against as a kid?
What were some of your favorite activities as a kid?
What’s a food, smell, or sound that you associate with where you grew up?
What’s a landmark, popular destination, or local hangout spot that you either frequented or avoided when you were growing up?
Would you rather receive a shoutout from the CEO at a company all-hands meeting or a private word of thanks from them?
Would you rather someone took a boring task off your to-do list or invited you to participate in a project of great interest to you?
What’s a time when someone did something you appreciated (at work or in another context), but you didn’t let them know? What held you back?
Would you rather talk like Yoda or breathe like Darth Vader?
Would you rather take a cold shower every day or always sleep an hour less than you need?
Which do you prefer, oceans or mountains? Why?
Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to animals?
Make a choice: Never hear music again or lose the ability to read?
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