Virtual meetings are a day-to-day reality for most of us. Whether it’s team collaborations, client presentations, or company-wide updates, virtual meetings keep us connected.
But that doesn’t mean all virtual meetings are engaging! In fact, most aren’t.
But just because they are ubiquitous doesn’t mean they have to be boring. To inject life and vibrancy into your virtual meetings, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best engaging activities to try.
Here we go:
1. Icebreaker Questions
Begin your virtual meetings with a few fun icebreaker questions to get everyone talking and create a relaxed, lighthearted atmosphere. Here are some icebreaker question ideas:
- Best concert you ever attended?
- What’s your favorite place to travel?
- Share your most embarrassing moment
- What’s your favorite memory with this team?
- What’s your go-to lunch lately?
- What was your dream job as a kid?
- What subject should be taught in every school?
- What’s your favorite cereal?
2. Show and Tell
Encourage team members to share something unique or interesting with the group. It could be a beloved pet, a quirky hobby, or even a special keepsake. This activity helps build a sense of connection and offers a glimpse into the personal lives of your colleagues.
Pro Tip: Send out an email beforehand asking your team members to pick an object to share
3. Trivia Quiz
Host a quick trivia quiz related to your industry, company, or current events. Participants can form teams and compete for bragging rights. It’s a great way to test knowledge and spark friendly competition.
Pro Tip: Use Digital Joy Engage for fun trivia – and see the Leaderboard at the end!
4. Virtual Office Tour
Have team members give virtual tours of their home offices. It’s not only a fun way to get to know each other but also an opportunity to share workspace tips and tricks.
5. Two Truths and a Lie
In this classic game, each participant shares two truths and one lie about themselves. The rest of the group tries to guess which statement is false. It’s a fantastic way to break the ice and uncover shared interests.
6. Photo Sharing Challenge
Ask participants to find a photo on their phone or computer that represents their current mood, a recent accomplishment, or a goal they have. Sharing and discussing these images can lead to interesting conversations.
Pro Tip: Send this prompt out beforehand and ask everyone to put it as their WebEx background
7. Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of items for participants to find within their own homes during the meeting. They can then return to the screen with their findings, creating a sense of adventure and excitement.
8. Mini Workshops
Introduce short, skill-sharing workshops where team members can teach their colleagues something they’re passionate about. It could be cooking a favorite recipe, demonstrating a craft project, or offering tips on a particular software tool.
Pro Tip: Use breakout meeting rooms for different interests. The recipe room, the crafting room, etc.
9. Team-building Games
Virtual escape rooms, online board games like Codenames, or team-building activities like “Never Have I Ever” can inject an element of fun and camaraderie into your virtual meetings. Many virtual platforms offer games that are easy to integrate.
10. Pictionary or Charades
Embrace classic party games like Pictionary or Charades. Participants can take turns drawing or acting out words or phrases, with team members guessing the answer.
The Power of Engagement
These engaging activities for virtual meetings help foster a sense of community, boost morale, and maintain a lively, dynamic atmosphere. They are particularly valuable for remote teams and can be tailored to suit various team sizes and preferences. Striking the balance between professional and productive is key. By incorporating these activities, you can keep your team connected and engaged even from afar.