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Best practices for virtual meetings and events: People prompts

by | Sep 22, 2020 | New

The coronavirus has shifted many things including the ways we meet, communicate, and interact with one another in a professional environment. But don’t fret—your Trusted Source for all things virtual is here to help. We compiled a list of best practices for virtual meetings and events, narrowed them down by practicality, and now, we’re bringing them to you in a three-part series.

From online etiquette and icebreakers to conquering a great screen presence, we’re dishing it all. Next on our list: people prompts, commonly known as icebreakers. Let’s make like Nelly and ask 21 questions.

Virtual icebreaker questions are prompts you can include in a virtual meeting for attendees to share a little about themselves and participate. For this blog’s purpose, we’re covering two types of icebreakers: virtual team building questions and icebreaker questions for virtual meetings and events. Here are the goals of each and a handful of examples you can try:

Virtual team building questions aim to help increase employee engagement and support bonding activities in virtual meetings or conference calls. You can ask questions that relate to your specific department and industry as a whole. For example, one of our favorite icebreaker questions is, “What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?” Not only is it a question everyone can answer, but it’s also relative to our industry and company culture.

Best practices:
What do you enjoy most about working remotely?
Do you have any remote work productivity hacks?
Have you ever left a 1-star review online?
What’s on your bucket list?
Do you have a favorite website or blog? Which one?
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
What’s one small thing that can make your day better?
If I weren’t so dang good at my job, I’d probably be…?

The goal of icebreaker questions for virtual meetings and events is to help build trust, camaraderie, and confidence in speaking and sharing, especially if your attendees don’t know one another well.

Best practices:
What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Tea or coffee?
What is the last book you read?
Where do you consider “home”?
What is one thing that doesn’t cost anything, occurs naturally, and always makes you smile?
Do you have any nicknames?
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

People love talking about themselves. Channel your inner Dale Carnegie and ask the kind of questions that you would enjoy answering. When added to your virtual meetings and events, icebreakers can give you the chance to better connect with your employees and attendees on a more personal level.

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