A little preparation makes a big difference to the effectiveness of an icebreaker. Taking just a couple of minutes to get things in order before the meeting will deliver big returns.
Choose a good icebreaker question
Good icebreaker questions follow the 3E Rule. They are easy, enjoyable and explainable. They prompt people to share their stories so connections can be formed. Remember, if a question can be answered with a quick yes or no, it’s not a good icebreaker.
The great thing about a good icebreaker question is that there are no right or wrong answers. They are inclusive, simple and fun.
To help you get started, we’ve built an icebreaker widget that can generate questions for you! You can even choose a category to target if you wish to focus on a specific aspect of your team.
Allocate time to the icebreaker
Allocating time for the icebreaker is important for two reasons. Firstly, it lets everyone know what they can expect when they step into the room. Secondly, it helps to manage the flow of the icebreaker activity itself.
A timer has been included on the icebreaker widget. It helps you keep an eye on the time and you can refer to it if you need to move the conversation along. It also helps to make sure your retrospective starts on time.
Make sure you have a list of participants. It’s always helpful to know who you’re talking to.