“Alright, everybody go around the room and introduce yourself.”
“Please tell us a little about yourself – how many kids you have, your husband’s name, and how long you’ve been attending First Baptist Church.”
My eyes always gloss over by the fourth person to share. Six kids. Four years. Two boys. What’s her husband’s name?
My head is swimming with numbers.
Surely there’s got to be a better way to do introductions at your next women’s ministry fellowship, small group, event, or Bible study.
I believe there is.
- Provide points of connection between all members of the group.
- Include personal information that wouldn’t normally be shared during an initial conversation.
- Are memorable.
- Highlight experiences and preferences.
- Feature a personal opinion.
- Encourage creative and thoughtful responses.
I tend to favor two part icebreaker questions for introductions. They encourage group members to go a bit deeper and reveal a bit more about themselves.
Take note, these are purposefully not spiritual questions so as not to cause discomfort.
How to use these 31 icebreaker questions for introductions:
The next time you instruct a group to introduce themselves, ask them to share their name and the answer to one of the questions below.
Some people will appreciate the question written on the board before the request is made as it gives them time to think through their response.
Either way, give them time to think by answering the question yourself first and then ask for a volunteer to go next.
31 Great Icebreaker Questions for Introductions
- If money were no object, what would you do with your life?
- What’s one of your pet peeves?
- If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
- What are you most passionate about?
- What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
- What is your favorite color and how does that color make you feel?
- Which household chore do you dread the most?
- What’s your favorite time of day and why?
- What’s one of your favorite movies and which character in the movie is most like you?
- What are three of your favorite foods?
- What is your favorite outdoor activity?
- If finances and time were not an object, what hobby would you adopt and why?
- What is a favorite memory you have from high school?
- What was your favorite class in school and why?
- Share one thing that you love to do that you get to do nearly every day.
- What is one important skill every person should master?
- What is your favorite local restaurant and the meal you most enjoy eating when there?
- If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be?
- How would you spend 1 million dollars?
- Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at.
- What’s the best dessert you’ve ever had?
- What are your three favorite smells?
- If you were in the Miss America talent competition, what would your talent be?
- If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
- When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it?
- If you could be anywhere, doing anything right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
- If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?
- What aspect of your daily routine do you look forward to the most?
- What is your favorite day of the year?
- What is something you have that is of sentimental value?
- What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
As your group shares seemingly random information with each other, you’ll be amazed at the conversations it spurs and the connection points that are uncovered.
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