icebreaker questions

Icebreaker Questions to Open Your Next Accounting Meeting

Icebreaker questions are an efficient way to accomplish three meeting objectives. Firstly, they help people transition into meeting mode, by tuning in and tuning out distractions. Secondly, they get everyone involved and actively participating.  Thirdly, if delivered properly icebreaker questions can frame the meeting’s conversation path.

Consider using them with your team to:

  • Share favorite aspects of the job
  • Learn more about each other’s personal interests
  • Interject humor

Select Icebreaker Question Categories that Best Match Your Team

There are numerous types of icebreaker questions. Choose those that best match your group.

  • Neutral questions
  • Get to know each other better
  • Work related
  • What we hope to accomplish
  • Most meaningful topics

What We Hope to Accomplish Questions to Open the Meeting

Bring people together by having them focus their thoughts as a group. Give them a minute to think about the question and a minute or so to respond.

  • What is one thing that gave you a lift this week, and why was it special?
  • What is the most recent thing or event that really surprised you, and why?
  • When we start our meetings, what is usually foremost in your mind?
  • If we only accomplished one thing during our meeting, what should it be?

Select Get to Know Each Other Questions

Ask questions that help your team members know each other better or add humor to your meeting.

  • What is your favorite kitchen utensil and why?
  • When you were a kid, what was your favorite food? What is it now?
  • When you retire, what is the first thing you hope to do?
  • Do you daydream? Why or why not?

Work Related Questions to Focus on the Topic at Hand

This line of inquiry can be revealing about what your team members need to achieve peak performance.

  • Tell us the one thing you’d like to add to your workspace? And Why?
  • What is the most meaningful aspect of your accounting work?
  • What is your ideal work environment? Do you prefer quiet or noise, sitting or standing, natural or artificial light?
  • Tell us something you learned about your work that you’d like to share with others?

For more employee engagement tips, check out The Pitfalls of Limited Leadership Communication