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Virtual Ice Breakers
Talk to a lot of people Don't be afraid to chat up everyone you meet , from the old lady doing her groceries to the bank teller. Practice makes perfect. Most people secretly lament the lack of communication between people, so your friendliness will be welcome. And if it's not, brush it off. Those that snub you are probably inhibited people who never took on the challenge of overcoming their shyness.
Getting to know new coworkers is relatively easy when you work together in a physical office space. When you spot a new person at the water cooler, you can walk up and say hello, chat about weekend plans, and become better team members and collaborators as a result. Try out these icebreakers to break down barriers and build great working relationships, even if your team members are located on different continents. Not all icebreaking activities are created equal—what works for a team in a physical office simply may not work for a distributed or partially distributed team. The best icebreakers for distributed teams possess the same three characteristics:. Who has time for a day-long training session in the middle of a busy week? Icebreakers for a distributed team need to pack a lot of punch in a short amount of time.
We publish only the best icebreakers and group activities. Also see: Icebreakers by group size and by category.
Good Icebreaker Ideas by Name
In this article, we explore how you can use virtual ice breakers to help remote teams break down communication barriers. We look at when they can benefit your team, as well as the situations where they might not be appropriate. We also include four virtual ice breakers to get your virtual meetings off to a great start. You might use one to kick off a face-to-face training session, to get everyone "in the mood" for a meeting, or to energize a team event. Virtual ice breakers are the same, except you use them in online situations like tele or videoconferences.