Icebreaker Questions

Not everyone is well-versed in the art of starting a conversation or indulging in small talk. So having some icebreaker questions in your arsenal will help you to survive and shine in any social situation.
If you are not socially adept and feel very much out of your comfort zone in any event or get-together, then what you need are a set of icebreaker questions. These will help you to start a conversation with just about anyone, be it colleagues, a pretty girl you had been meaning to ask out or a total stranger. Treat these questions as mere guidelines. You can always tweak them to suit your needs as the situation demands. Here we will list some icebreaker questions that will help you to fill any awkward pauses in the middle of a conversation.

Icebreaker Questions for Meetings
Icebreaker questions help to build team spirit and enthusiasm in the meeting. The questions need not be deep and thought provoking. They can be funny, witty, silly, creative or surprising. The main thing is that they should lighten the mood and the people in the meeting should relax and get to know each other.
  • How would you spend your life if you didn't have to work?
  • What is the most irrelevant question that you have been asked at a job interview?
  • Have you ever dozed off during an important meeting?
  • What is the most hardest decision that you have ever taken in your life?
  • What language do you think in?
  • What is the most precious thing in your life?
  • Where are you from originally?
  • How many siblings do you have?
  • Which figure in history inspired you the most?
  • Which person in history has influenced you the most and why?
  • What are the most basic skills that you need in order to succeed in life?
  • If you could be invisible for a day, how would you spend the day?
  • If you could have a dinner party with four people you admire the most, who would you invite?
  • Which is your favorite eating joint?
  • What is the ultimate goal that you would like to accomplish?
  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
Icebreaker Questions for Couples
In my opinion couples generally do not require any icebreaker questions, as they are comfortable even in moments of silence. But if you are on your second or third date and have exhausted the supply of questions, and the silence between the two of you have become awkward, then you definitely need some questions to lighten the environment. You never know, the answer to these questions might just give you an insight to his/ her personality.
  • Tell me something about yourself that no one else knows?
  • Were you more close to your mother or father?
  • What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  • What is your dream vacation destination?
  • Are you a cat person or a dog person?
  • What was your favorite cartoon character?
  • If your apartment was on fire, what three things would you grab, before rushing out of the apartment?
  • Who is your favorite singer?
  • What is one thing that you will never do, even under tremendous pressure?
  • Are you afraid of commitment?
  • What is the wildest thing that you have done?
  • Which is your favorite sport?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • Who was the worst roommate that you ever had?
  • If you could be granted three wishes, what would they be?
  • What is the most unselfish thing that you have ever done in your life?
Icebreaker Questions for Kids
Generally kids do not have any problem mingling with other kids of the same age. But if you are a hostess at a kids' party and you find that you need some icebreaker questions to help them mix and to keep the conversation flowing, here is a list.
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • If you could time travel, which era would you choose to travel to?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • If you could be any animal for a day, what would you choose?
  • If you could choose your own name, what it would be?
  • What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  • Which is your favorite superhero character?
  • If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
  • What is the most weirdest food that you have ever tasted?
  • Who is your favorite teacher and why?
So, here were some icebreaker questions that will enable you to handle any social situation and also help you to know more about the traits and personality of the person you are conversing with. Just remember to steer clear of topics related to religion and politics. They might proof to be uncomfortable for some people and also avoid asking too many personal questions.