23 webinar ice breakers with a purpose

Your learners are wondering three things.

I’m talking about the burning questions on their minds as they’re about to click “join” and enter your virtual training.

  1. Who is this presenter?
  2. Who are my classmates?
  3. How boring will this webinar be?

Surprisingly, you can answer all three questions before your webinar even starts. Here’s how.

You can give learners an immediate feel for your personality and make an implied promise regarding the level of fun they’ll have in your training.

You can give learners a chance to get to know each other, build rapport, and set them up to tap into the combined wisdom in the room.

And perhaps most importantly, you can let learners practice the webinar tools you’ll use to engage them throughout your training, so they have more confidence participating in your content. (These tools include stamping, typing and drawing on the screen, using the chat box, using polls, etc.)

One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is by utilizing ice breaker slides, aka “soft openers.”

Open the virtual meeting room 15 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, and allow learners who tune in early to engage with these kinds of activities.

Here are 23 ice breaker slides you can adapt, adopt, and apply immediately. Which one will you use first?


type in the chat box


stamp the newspaper that peter parker works for

the daily bugle


type in the chat box...if you were writing a comic book about an evil super-villain who wreaks havoc on virtual trainings, what you name them?


text chat your favorite movie theater drink, snack & candy


text chat the actor/actress you would want to play you


if you could only watch one movie for the res of your life...type your choice below!


stamp your #1 movie-watching popcorn


pick a movie theater candy & text chat how it's like a compelling presentation


stamp the spot where lady and the tramp eat spaghetti...

tony's restaurant


which of these disney movies is oldest? circle your choice!



stamp the number of years genie was stuck in the lamp.



text chat your disney favorites


if fanny packs were still hip, type three items you'd always have in yours below


text chat...what three songs would you absolutely put on an '80s mixtape?


type or text chat a name for this hairdo...


if you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life...text chat your choice!


on a scale from 1-10 how sweet is your sweet tooth? stamp it.


what's your favorite kind of cookie? type it below


what's your favorite book, show or movie about aliens or outer space? type it below


where is this? text chat the city & state!

roswell, new mexico


some believed these were pieces of a flying saucer stamp what they really were!

a weather balloon


what do you think would be the coolest thing about visiting outer space? text chat!


stamp e.t.'s favorite candy in the original script!


So how could you use soft openers to help your learners get to know each other and practice the webinar tools you’ll use to engage them in your training?

And which soft opener will you use first?

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