8 Interesting Icebreaker Questions to Help You Break the Ice!

Whether you’re giving a presentation to students, colleagues or to potential investors, it can be difficult to draw people in and get them to listen to your ideas. One way to do this is by including an icebreaker question at the beginning of your talk. Icebreaker questions are questions that allow you to break the ice with your audience in a fun and interesting way. Here are eight great questions that you can use at the beginning of your next presentation to keep everyone engaged.

Ice breakers

Why you should use icebreaker questions

Even if you’re an experienced public speaker, it can be difficult to break through your audience’s defenses and get them on your side. A good icebreaker question accomplishes exactly that. The trick is finding a question that gets people thinking while also appealing to their emotions. Funny icebreaker questions work particularly well in these situations because they tend to elicit laughter. Once you’ve caught your audience off guard with a funny or interesting question, you can move on to more serious topics and really hold their attention.

Examples of fun icebreaker questions

Here are a few icebreakers you could use to start off your presentation on the right foot:

  • Tell me something unusual or surprising about yourself.

  • Have you ever had an out-of-body experience?

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

  • What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

  • What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?

  • Who is the most famous person you’ve met?

  • What are three things on your bucket list?

  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

How to use them in a presentation

An icebreaker will ease some of the tension, make you and your audience more comfortable, and allow you to kick-off your presentation with confidence. You can introduce icebreakers in a few different ways. One of them is by using a live Word Cloud or ask them open ended questions via Sendsteps. The audience can send in answers via their phone. This is an easy and fun way to engage your audience.

Want to save some time? Just have a look at our pre-made icebreaker presentation. Using these interesting icebreaker questions will ensure that your presentation doesn’t get off to a boring start!

Robert Daverschot

Robert is a professional moderator, presenter and speaker coach. Robert has years of experience at home and abroad and works for a broad range of industries. He has interviewed ministers, captains of industry and even His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In his dealings with the audience, he always uses Sendsteps. With it, an audience is able to voice their opinions, whereby attendees can cast votes or send in comments to speakers and panels on stage. As such, events turn into lively dialogues with everyone being able to speak up!