Great Icebreakers for your next event

With the increasing implementation of event tech at large scale events, as an event organiser, you’ll want to ensure the audience engages as much as possible with the speakers and content. After all, event tech is one of the best tools to prove the event ROI. For this to happen, it’s a fantastic idea to ensure the audience is comfortable using the event tech.

Mark Simeon, July 12, 2019

Traditional icebreakers can be too time-consuming.  They can be effective within a small seminar-style event, but for large scale events they are not always the best tactic. 

It’s, therefore, best to utilise ice breaker polls. This gets the audience comfortable with the event tech and used to the user interface, but it also crucially increases the adoption rates amongst the audience. 

Here are some simple, quick, and fun icebreaker examples to put into your presentation to make sure everyone in the meeting can be engaged. 

Start off simple:

How did you get to the event today?

  1. Train
  2. Car
  3. Bus
  4. Walk
  5. Subway


One popular type of question for icebreakers are would you rathers. Try these out:

Would you rather be able to speak all languages or play every instrument?

  1. Speak all languages
  2. Play every instrument

Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great great grandchildren?

  1. Go into the past and meet your ancestors
  2. Go into the future and meet your great great grandchildren

Would you rather be super fast or super strong?

  1. Super fast
  2. Super strong

In the office would you rather have the best coffee in the world or the best snacks in the world? 

  1. Best coffee in the world
  2. Best snacks in the world

Would you rather read minds or see into the future?

  1. Read minds
  2. See into the future

Would you rather be an amazing writer or an amazing speaker?

  1. Amazing writer
  2. Amazing speaker

Which would you rather give up, music or movies?

  1. Music
  2. Movies


Or you can split room even further and ask them more open opinion questions like:

Who is your favorite superhero?

  1. Wonderwoman
  2. Iron man
  3. Captain America

If you could only eat one of these foods for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

  1. Pizza
  2. Tacos
  3. Salad
  4. Burgers
  5. Sushi

What is the most important part of an outfit?

  1. Shirt
  2. Pants/skirt
  3. Accessories
  4. Shoes

What is your favorite genre of music?

  1. Hip-Hop/Rap
  2. Rock
  3. Classical
  4. Jazz

What is the worst household chore?

  1. Taking out the Trash
  2. Doing the Dishes
  3. Sweeping the Floor
  4. Cleaning up after the pet

What is your favorite classic video game?

  1. Pac Man
  2. Tetris
  3. Pong

If you could travel to any one of these locations, which would you choose?

  1. Bora Bora
  2. Hawaii
  3. Sydney
  4. Florence
  5. Whistler

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You could take it some step further with some alternative questions:

Do Tortillas count as bread?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

  1. Yes
  2. No


Gamify with a quiz!

And lastly, you can always create a minigame of Jeopardy and use our Leaderboard feature to show who’s doing the best. Small fun facts and trivia would be great to encourage thinking and learning during smaller events. And the added factor competitive element will definitely help audience engagement. Here are some fun and silly examples:

As a young student in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis worked as a:



Taxi Driver


What was the first item listed on eBay?

A broken Laser Pointer

A broken Toaster

A broken pencil Sharpener


What was the band Queen’s original name?

The Crowned Jewels

The Diamonds



When appearing on a gameshow, former US President, Bill Clinton, correctly answered three questions about____.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

The band, WHAM!

Knitting Patterns


In 2012, a 26 year old man from London went on a mission to lick every ____  in the UK.



University Building


How was the walking sound effect for E.T. made?

Squishing Jelly

Jumping on a waterbed

Dropping mayonnaise


What is the world’s most popular first name?





In Georgia, it’s illegal to do this with a fork:

Stab someone

Fix a power outlet

Eat fried chicken


Bubble-wrap was originally invented to be what?

Shower Curtain

Physical therapy tool



What ice breakers have you found worked well for you? Let us know on Twitter.


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