The 75 Best Ice Breaker Questions and Games to Use While Networking

Striking up a conversation at events, conferences, or even generally can be daunting, but having a few icebreakers on standby can help you master networking. Here are the best 75 favorite networking ice breaker questions and games for any situation.

As humans, we have a fundamental need to connect with others, so why is it so hard to walk up to someone and start a conversation? Whether you’re at a business event or making a regular coffee run, many people find it difficult to strike up a conversation and connect with those around them. So how can we fulfill our human need to communicate while also growing our network? Perfect those networking skills with some practice and learn not only how to network online, but also how to network at conferences. Test out some of our icebreakers and strike up a conversation at your next networking event.

“What is your favorite…?” ice breaker questions

  1. What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
  2. What is your favorite way to keep up with the news?
  3. What is your favorite management style?
  4. What is your favorite aspect of your job?
  5. What is your favorite thing about this event?
  6. What is your favorite assignment at work?
  7. What is your favorite work tip to share with others?
  8. What is your favorite fact?
  9. What is your favorite activity outside of work?
  10. What is your favorite book?

Work-related ice breaker questions

  1. What brought you to this event?
  2. What do you do? 
  3. Do you have other connections at this event?
  4. What skill do you have that adds the most value to your career? 
  5. What skill would you most like to master?
  6. What career decision would you advise others to make?
  7. What is something you have always wanted to share but haven’t had the chance to?
  8. What time of day are you most productive?
  9. How have you been enjoying the event?
  10. Does your degree align with your current career?
  11. What is the best advice you have ever received?
  12. What is the weirdest meeting you’ve ever been in?
  13. What motivates you to get work done?
  14. How would you describe your management style?
  15. How do you measure professional success?
  16. What course did you take in school that has helped you the most?

Two professionals networking and meeting.
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Get to know you ice breaker questions

  1. What is your most prized accomplishment?
  2. What are you most proud of in life? 
  3. Who or what has been most influential for you?
  4. What is your most unusual skill?
  5. What is your dream travel destination?
  6. What is your favorite mode of transportation? 
  7. If you had to pick one social media platform, what would it be?
  8. What has been the highlight of your day?
  9. What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
  10. How different is your career from your childhood dream job? 
  11. What is your favorite music genre?
  12. Would you ever own or start your own business? Or do you prefer working for others?
  13. What book has most impacted your life?
  14. What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or otherwise?
  15. What piece of advice would you share with your younger self?

Helpful ice breakers

  1. What goals can I help you achieve?
  2. Is there anyone I can introduce you to?
  3. Are there any questions that I can answer for you?
  4. I’m an expert in ___ field. Is there anything I can help you learn?

Virtual ice breaker questions

  1. What is the biggest challenge that comes with working from home for you?
  2. Do you ever see yourself returning to a fully in-person role again?
  3. How do you break up your at-home schedule?
  4. Do you have any “office” pets? 
  5. What is the best way to interact with your co-workers virtually? 
  6. What would your dream home office look like?
  7. If you could work from anywhere in the world, where would you pick?
  8. Do you like to work with background noise or in silence?
  9. Do you find that the day moves faster while working from home or in the office?
  10. Where are you most productive?

Fun ice breaker questions

  1. What is the best trip you have ever taken?
  2. If you could pick any celebrity to play you in a movie, who would it be?
  3. If you were an animal, what would you be?
  4. What superpower do you wish you had?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do in your city?

Professional ice breakers

  1. Scan my HiHello QR code and you’ll have my digital business card right on your phone.
  2. Do you have a business card? I’ll scan it into my self-healing address book
  3. Why don’t I text you my  digital business card so we can stay in touch? 
  4. I use an NFC tag to share my HiHello virtual business card, just tap it to your phone. 
  5. I’d love to follow up with you on this topic. Let me write a note in your HiHello contact, so I don’t forget.
  6. Scan the QR code on my virtual background to find my name card. 
HiHello digital business card realtor.
Example of a digital business card.

Icebreaker games

  1. Find a foam ball or something similar and toss it around. Whoever catches it shares a fact about themselves. 
  2. Have everyone do a quick business card swap and challenge each person to add five 5 new contacts to their smart address book.
  3. Play two truths and a lie. Have everyone state two truths and a lie about themselves and spend a few minutes guessing which statement is a lie. 
  4. Have everyone put their name tag in a bowl and then blindly select another name. Then, introduce yourself to others until everyone has their name tag back. 
  5. Challenge everyone to compliment at least two other people by the end of the event. 
  6. Play a round of speed networking. Pair up into groups of two and spend two minutes getting to know each other. 
  7. Create a scavenger hunt. Hand out a list of professions, job titles, or something else and challenge players to find someone in that profession or with that job title. 
  8. Create a BINGO card with several general facts and have participants go around until they check off all BINGO spots.
  9. Have everyone write their strangest job title on a piece of paper and drop it into a bowl. Then, have everyone blindly select a piece of paper and talk to people until they find the person that matches the job they selected. 

Don’t forget to end the conversation with a way to reconnect. The best way to share your information is with digital business cards. Like the ones offered by HiHello, digital cards allow you to share your digital visiting card over email, text, QR, and more, so you can share your card with anyone, anywhere. Even if they have a paper business card, HiHello allows you to scan their name card into your self-healing address book. 

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