Over winter break, you may remember I read Lauren Graham’s memoir Talking As Fast As I Can.
In one of the chapters, Graham talks about a dinner party Peter Krause invited her to where everyone had to come prepared with an answer to the ice breaker question, “what are all the ways you’ve made money?” I thought that was such an interesting question to ask people no matter how long you’ve known them—I know I’ve taken some pretty odd jobs, and that my friends have, too. Of course, I also thought sharing all the ways I’ve made money would be an interesting blog post so you all could get to know me a little better—and I could get to know you a little better by reading your answers in the comments below.
But then I was at a few happy hours with my coworkers, and realized we have a great repertoire of (somewhat) unique icebreakers we always ask the new folks that join our team. Sure, sometimes we ask common questions like, “what’s one thing no one knows about you?”* But, it’s always more fun/less stress-inducing to ask questions everyone has an answer to that also reveal something about that person’s passions or personality.
(*Does anyone actually have a good answer for this?! My one coworker used to be a Fruit of the Loom child sock model, and it’s just too hard to compete with that answer.)
So, I thought I wrap both of these ideas into a singular blog post by asking and answering some of my favorite ice breaker questions. Don’t be shy about breaking the ice in the comments below—heh, couldn’t resist—and let me know your answers to these questions or any of your go-to ice breakers!