30 Powerful Icebreaker Questions For Audience Live Polling

Martina Cicakova

Live polls can be powerful icebreakers to kick off any meeting or event and quickly engage all attendees at the same time. But it’s not always easy to come up with great questions.

Our users inspired us to collate these 30 icebreaker questions for audience live polling, split into six categories.

Feel free to edit them, change the options or adjust to your context. We hope you’ll find them useful.

Background-focused questions

Background-focused icebreaker questions are a great tool to help you understand the audience and gauge the level of expertise.

Word cloud polls:
Which organization are you representing?
Which city/state/country are you from?
Which office are you joining from? (Useful for kicking off remote meetings.)

Multiple choice polls:
What is your current role?

  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • IT

Have you used this program/app before?

  • Yes, I am a power user
  • Yes, but only a little
  • I’ve only seen others use it
  • I’ve never used or seen the program/application

Background-focused live polling question

Pro tip: Word cloud polls work best with one- or two-word answers. To ensure that attendees understand the concept, start the poll question with “Using one word, …”

Learning-focused questions

Relevant content is the backbone of every event. To ensure it is fine-tuned to your attendees’ needs, kick off with an icebreaker live poll to discover their expectations and learning objectives.

Open text polls:
What would you like to learn today?
What do you expect to get out of this event/training/meeting?

Word cloud polls:
Using one word, what themes do you want to hear about?

Learning focused live polling icebreaker question

Multiple choice polls (Useful for Oxford debates):
Will robots be able to act as agents in their own right and make moral and ethical decisions in the future?

  • Yes
  • No

Who will people in 2030 trust more with their babies: robots or human baby-sitters?

  • Robots
  • Human baby-sitters

Pro tip: Polarizing questions work great for the Oxford debate format. Run a live poll at the start to gauge the initial opinion on the topic. Facilitate a debate with guests supporting opposing arguments. Then run the same poll again to measure the shift in opinions.

Seasonal questions

If you want to get your attendees excited, it’s always great to refer to an upcoming holiday. Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving or Halloween, being relevant will take you a long way toward connecting with your audience.

Christmas

Which is your favorite classic Christmas song?

  • All I Want for Christmas is You
  • Driving Home for Christmas
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Last Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Seasonal live polling icebreaker question

Easter

When is it acceptable to start eating Easter eggs?

  • As soon as they go on sale, obviously.
  • Wait until Easter Sunday.
  • Surely, today’s the day!
  • What are Easter eggs?
  • No interest, no opinion.

Halloween

What would be your ideal Halloween costume? (Word cloud poll)

What’s your favorite classic horror film?

  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • Psycho
  • The Wolf Man
  • I don’t like horror films

Thanksgiving

In one word, what have you been thankful for this past year/this week/today? (Word cloud poll)

Funny questions

Funny icebreaker polls are a great way to set a light-hearted tone and enliven the audience.

If age is only a state of mind, which category best describes YOUR state of mind right now?

  • Cheeky child
  • Tormented teenager
  • Mad mid-lifer
  • Groovy grandparent

Which superpower would you like to have?

  • Mind reading
  • Invisibility
  • Teleportation
  • Flying
  • I already have a superpower

Have you ever…

  • Had a crush on your boss?
  • Peed in the swimming pool?
  • Taken shampoo and conditioner from hotels?
  • Told barefaced lies to your mother?
  • Denied receiving work emails when in fact you did?

Have you ever icebreaker poll question

If you’re worried your sense of humor doesn’t always make for sidesplitting comedy, you can just add one funny answer to a simple multiple-choice poll instead.

Why did you decide to join this event today?

  • Knowledge building
  • Speaker line-up
  • Networking opportunities
  • My boss made me

How energized are you feeling right now/this morning/this afternoon? (Scale 1-10; 1 = no energy, 10 = super energized)

How energized are you feeling icebreaker poll

Pro tip: If you find that the energy in the room is low, you can get attendees to stand up and swap their seats. Even basic physical movement helps to energize people.

Creative questions

Our clients keep coming up with some super creative poll ideas. Here are some of our favorites.

Word cloud polls:
If you were a vegetable/fruit/color/boat/animal, which one would you be?
If you were sent to a desert island, which one famous person would you bring along?

Multiple choice polls:
If you could travel in time, would you want to see…

  • The past
  • The future

If *your city* were a breed of dog, what breed would it be?

  • Jack Russell – small, tough, opinionated
  • Tibetan Mastiff – or some other very rare breed that nobody knows anything about
  • German Shepherd – poised and elegant but everyone’s afraid of it
  • Poodle – beautifully presented but a bit of a poser
  • Golden Retriever – warm, cuddly and great with children
  • Pitt Bull Terrier – vicious, scary and not at all friendly
  • Labradoodle – or some other curious hybrid

Creative live polling icebreaker question

Industry-related questions

Get your attendees to put on their thinking caps at the start of your event. Ask them industry-related questions to help you collect priceless insights into your sector.

Multiple choice polls:
Which technology trend will have the greatest impact on our industry over the next year?

  • Internet of Things and smart home tech
  • Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
  • Machine learning
  • Automation
  • Humanized Big Data

I know:

  • The person on my left
  • The person on my right
  • People on both sides of me

Pro tip: This is an effective poll to boost networking. Once you display the results, tell people to turn to the neighbor that they don’t know yet and introduce themselves.

Rating poll:
How healthy is the digital advertising ecosystem? (Scale 1-10; 1=completely unhealthy, 10=extremely healthy)

Word cloud polls:
Using one word, what’s the biggest challenge the sector/industry/business is facing?
In one word, what’s the best tech invention of the 21st Century?
Which public figure is your personal hero?

Industry related live polling icebreaker question

Wrap up

If integrated and facilitated well, live polls can quickly transform passive attendees into active participants. Use these icebreaker questions to poll your audience at your next event to see the magic happen.

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