50 icebreaker questions to kick off your next event (with pictures)

Four people with their phones

An icebreaker question is only as fun as its responses. Give participants an equal, low-stakes way to contribute with Poll Everywhere, a live audience responses system.

Poll Everywhere coaxes participants out of their shells by letting them answer your icebreakers on their phones or devices – not in front of their peers. Everyone responds together, and the results appear live in your presentation as they are received.

Hear from the entire audience in the time it would take one person to stand and speak aloud.

All the fun icebreaker questions listed below are linked to a corresponding activity in Poll Everywhere. That means you can click on any one, then click ‘Copy activity into account’ on the following screen to copy that icebreaker to your Poll Everywhere account. Don’t have a Poll Everywhere account? Start for free today and present your new icebreakers in minutes.

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Find the perfect format for your icebreaker

Choosing between this and that? Use multiple choice. Asking for suggestions or feedback? Use open-ended. Got a wacky photo or optical illusion? Use clickable image. No matter what sort of icebreaker question you ask, Poll Everywhere has the right activity type to get you the most responses. Different activity types let participants respond in different ways, and those responses appear in animated graphs and charts. And they all come with a full suite of styling options so you can blend them seamlessly with the rest of your presentation.

Poll: Who makes the best fries?

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Turn on anonymity if you need some privacy…

Maybe your fun icebreaker questions touch on some sensitive topics. Make the audience feel safe enough to speak up with the anonymity setting, available for all Poll Everywhere activities.

Anonymity is absolute. Once enabled, you won’t be able to match participants to their responses. No one in the audience will be able to determine who said what either. That data simply isn’t recorded when anonymity is enabled. And as you can see in the examples below, enabling anonymity displays a notification to the audience, letting them know that their responses are protected.

Poll: What is your favorite noise?

…or turn on screen names to tie responses to senders

If you’re presenting to a group that already knows each other – friends, colleagues – then part of the fun of any icebreaker is seeing who said what. Poll Everywhere has you covered with screen names. This setting is turned on by default, and gives each participant a way to choose who they are identified in your Poll Everywhere activities. They simply type in any name they wish before responding. Those names appear alongside live responses in certain activities, and are recorded for all results in your My Polls page.

Poll: What skill do you wish you had?

Moderation tools keep everyone on track

There are times when fun icebreaker questions can get a little too fun. If you want to play things safe – and curtail any jokers who might be too raw for your crowd – take advantage of the moderation feature. You can choose to automatically censor profane language, or personally approve each submission before it appears on the presentation screen. Moderation is available on premium Poll Everywhere plans. Check the Plans & Pricing page for details.

Poll: Is the glass half full or half empty?

Turn screenshots into shareable mementos

Don’t forget to save and share a screenshot of your fun icebreaker questions after your presentation is finished. To save a screenshot: go to My Polls, select an activity, and look for the ‘Export’ button in the lower right. Then send it out in a follow-up email to attendees. Poll Everywhere automatically records all responses for all of your activities on your personal My Polls page. Check back any time to see the responses sent to any of your activities.

Poll: What's your favorite food (use emoji)?

Did you know you can also create and present Poll Everywhere activities in Slack? Get speedy responses to your icebreaker questions by meeting students or colleagues where they already collaborate. Spin up a question in seconds, and share the results with a single link. Just like the result of Poll Everywhere, it’s free to use for audiences of 25 or fewer.

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