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Virtual Ice Breaker Ideas

When working as a team, it’s best to get to know your teammates beforehand to create a strong bond for better communication and results. However, with remote teams, the lack of “face time” can limit results. Virtual icebreakers can help you to bring your team together and break down the communication barriers between virtual team members to create a more open, connected environment.

Here are a few short yet engaging virtual icebreakers for you to try with your virtual team:

Emoji Check-in

markus winkler wpOaiMUrY unsplash A simple round the table team check-in to see how everyone is feeling today but with a twist. Instead of just saying how you feel or typing it into chat, you pick an emoji that best describes how you are feeling right now, like a personalized reaction button. You can also modify this to check-in with your teammates throughout the meeting and have them react to certain ideas and suggestions with an emoji too!

 

Two Truths One Lie

This fun game is great for introducing new teammates or just getting to know each other better. Each person takes turns to say 3 things about themselves, two of which are true and one is a lie. The team has to guess which of the 3 is a lie and the teammate who receives the most incorrect votes wins. This can be done simply by putting the facts into a multiple-choice poll and asking your team to vote for the lie. Once everyone has voted, reveal the correct answer and ask the person who the poll is about to share one story behind the fact. 

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Ask your teammates to show pictures that represent them. It can be related to something they love to do, their favourite TV show or even their house pets. This can give you a deeper insight into what your teammates’ hobbies or interests are, and strengthen the bond between everyone.

Picture charades

Similar with show-and-tell, but instead of sharing pictures about yourself, only use pictures to describe the topic of your choice. It can be your favourite movie, place, book etc. You can also play this game using emojis instead of pictures. The only rules are no talking, and the pictures cannot be directly about the topic of your choice.

Ten Things In Common

This is a popular warm-up activity where you go around the team and list 10 things that everyone has in common. It can be about anything, from your favourite colour, appearances, interests etc. There is a lockdown variation where teammates can list 10 items that everyone has in their immediate area, for example a blue book, an IPhone etc. The possibilities are endless with this game!

Family Portrait

charles deluvio bXqOMftvDk unsplash Take a screenshot of the whole team on video chat. Have the team make funny faces, bring in props, use camera filters and other fun things to jazz up the photo. The team can also try to collaboratively form a symbol or picture by linking arms through video. Just assign one teammate to take the screenshot, and direct the rest of the team on how to pose. A few simple shapes like a collective heart or star will look cool on-screen and make nice content for social media if anyone would like to share the cute group photo.

Get physical

Let’s be real, none of us has gotten much physical activity since we have been staying at home for long periods of time. Now is a chance to give everyone a quick energizer by appointing the most athletic teammate to lead a 5-minute stretch exercise through video chat. Just simple jumps and standing up/sitting down would be enough to get everyone fired up and ready to go!

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Test your team’s artistic skills by having everyone draw a picture and let the team guess what it is. This can be done the old fashion way, by drawing on a piece of paper and share it with the team through video. Alternatively, certain platforms like Zoom have a whiteboard function where the whole team can interact with. Just pull it up on the screen and take turns to draw on the board and have some doodling fun with the team!

Friendship can grow, even over the longest distance. Have fun with the team and get the teamwork going! If you want to take team building to the next level, I would suggest trying out a Hosted Online Escape Room, the perfect virtual team-building activity. Swap the standard Friday zoom meetings for 60-minutes of team-building fun, in the ultimate brain-working challenge with your colleagues, and put that teamwork into action!

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