• Lori Melnitsky

Ideas to practice speech and conquer speaking fears….

Icebreaker Questions List

Here is a list of icebreaker questions to use in social situations: This came from Indeed. Great ideas….

“What would you be” questions

A great way to break the ice is by activating people’s imagination using familiar topics. The following quick, easy questions allow you to engage individuals you don’t know very well.

  1. If you could be cast in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and which character would you want to play?

  2. If you could meet any historical figure, either living or deceased, who would you choose and why?

  3. If you could choose only one place to go on vacation for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

  4. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?

  5. If you could pick up a certain skill instantly, what would it be?

  6. If you had a talk show, who would your first three guests be?

  7. If you could instantly be an expert in a subject, what would it be?

“What would you be” questions can be adapted in countless ways to tap into people’s personalities and get them talking: What vegetable would you be and why? What animal would you be? What kind of cereal would you be? Try a few of your own versions, or customize them to fit the next networking event you’re attending and see what happens.

[Read more: Become a Networking Expert in 7 Steps]

“Play favorites” questions

Another great way to break the ice with strangers is to encourage them to tell a personal, positive story. See if one of the below appeals to you:

  1. What’s your favorite personal possession and why?

  2. What was your favorite class in school?

  3. Where is the last place you went for the first time?

  4. Do you have a personal hero?

  5. What are you currently reading?

  6. What’s the most memorable vacation you’ve ever taken?

  7. What is your favorite movie?

  8. Who was your favorite teacher when you were young? Why?

  9. What superpower would you like to have?

  10. What’s your favorite place to relax?

Need help with public speaking or stuttering…Lori@allislandspeech.com

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