Good Icebreaker Questions:
These questions are taken from Gary Poole's book, The Complete Book of Questions. I
will give them to you in various categories.
A well place question can help enormously in opening people in your group up. I would
encourage you to wait on the answers from your group. Silence is not your enemy, and
often gives people time to think about the question you have put forth.
I would also encourage you not to ask obvious questions that have "Yes" or "No"
answers. Ask questions that lights a fuse in a person's heart or can illicit something
inside of them that encourages a thoughtful response.
With these thoughts in mind, please feel free to use these questions to open a meeting, or
to use in another setting within your group format.
Light and Easy
? How many siblings do you have? What's your birth order?
? What's one of your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?
? What books on your shelf are begging to be read?
? What room in your house best reflects your personality? Explain why.
? How many days would you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?
? Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?
? On a scale of 1-1, how well do you sing? Do you want to sing for us - just
? How often do you get a haircut? Describe your worst haircut.
? What's the story behind a time when you got locked out?
? Have you ever been left anywhere by a parent, or a group you were with and
what went through your mind when you realized you were left behind?
? What's the best New Year's resolution you've ever made and actually kept?
? When was the last time you sat on a park bench for more than ten minutes?
Describe the occasion.
? Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?
? What drives you crazy?
? Are you more likely to engage in conflict or meet it head on?
? Are you a leader or a follower? How do you know?
? Are you more of a rule breaker or a rule keeper? Why?
? Would you describe yourself as an extrovert or an introvert? Give an example.
? What's one of you hobbies? Why does that interest you?
? How do you typically react in a sudden, extreme, pressure-filled crisis?
? Are you a person of many friends, or just a few close ones?
? What do you take for granted most?
? How competitive are you? Explain.
? What would be your dream job? Why?
? Which do you prefer: the hustle and bustle of city life or the quiet and serenity
of country life? Why?
? Do you read or study best in silence or in a place with background noise?
? Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do
? Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?
? Are you a traveler or a homebody? Explain.
? Where's your perfect dream vacation spot?
? What's one thing you would rather pay someone to do than do yourself?
? What's your preferred way to meet new people?
? What's your favorite season of the year?
Blast From the Past
? What's your favorite birthday memory?
? What was your first job? How much were you paid?
? As a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?
? When you were a child, what was your idea of fun?
? How many bones have you broken? Which ones?
? How did someone plan a surprise for you? What was your reaction?
? What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
? Have you ever helped a total stranger? If so, How?
? What "close call" have you had in the past? Describe it.
? How has your birth order affected you?
? How many foreign countries have you visited? Which one stands out in your
? What does success mean to you?
? What is the secret to a long life?
? Why do you think people live in denial?
? How would you describe the perfect day?
? In your opinion, what is the moral condition of the world?
? Why do you think divorce is so prevalent?
? What is the ideal age to get married? Why?
? What advice can you give about conquering fear?
? What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage?
? Why do bad things happen to good people?
? Why do you think it is so hard for people to say they are sorry?
? Whom do you consider the greatest American president? Why?
? What does this quote mean? "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to
gain what he cannot lose." (Jim Elliot)
? What's one regret you live with?
? What do you live in denial about?
? What's one conviction you hold that you would be willing to die for?
? What's your most embarrassing moment?
? What bad habits has God enabled you to break?
? What fear are you trying to overcome?
? Have you ever been falsely accused? Describe the situation and how you felt
? What do you suspect people say about you behind your back?
? What scares you the most about the future?
? What traumatic event has changed your life?
? Who's the "black sheep" of your family? Explain.
? How do you comfort those who have suffered a tragedy or loss?
? What was the hardest era of your life?
? How afraid of dying are you? Explain.
? What epitaph would you want engraved on your tombstone?
? What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
? What's something you consider too daring to try?
? What lesson has failure taught you?
? Have you forgiven yourself for personal failures? Why or why not?
? How healthy or unhealthy are you with setting boundaries? Explain.
From the Heart
? When was the last time you cried? Why?
? What makes you stand to your feet and cheer?
? What or who inspires you to be all that you can be?
? What in this world breaks your heart?
? What mood are you usually in? Explain why.
? How have you honored your parents?
? What was the happiest era of your life?
? When have you recently felt overwhelmed? Describe the situation.
? What was the best surprise you ever pulled off?
? Is there a family tradition that has a special meaning for you? Please describe it.
? When is the right time to demonstrate "tough love"?
? Was there ever a time someone rescued you? Describe this time.
? When was the last time you felt honored? Describe the situation.
? Growing up, what virtue did you see in your parents that you want to emulate?
? What is the greatest spiritual advice you were ever given?
? How do you picture the face of God?
? What does "being spiritual" mean to you?
? How do you think the afterlife will be different from this life?
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