101 Questions You Can Ask to Break the Ice

Imagine you walk into to a room full of strangers. You don’t know a soul there. Everyone is talking to each other, laughing and having a good time.  You have no idea where to begin. At that moment, a beautiful lady (or handsome man) approach and want to you talk to you.  

What would you say?  Other than boring questions such as how are you? Or what do you do?

What else can you say to keep the conversation going?  

If you have read my article The 7 Rules of Networking Made Easy, you probably would remember I used to be really shy. I remember there were so times I simply had a brain fart and ran out of things to say… 

It took me a long time to understand networking and develop these I would call break-the-ice questions.  

Here are 101 Questions you can ask to break the ice: 

Hobby & Fun

  1. What is your favorite food and why?

  2. What is your favorite restaurant in town and why?

  3. What is your favorite book and why?

  4. What is your favorite magazine and why?

  5. What is the last book you just read and did you like it?

  6. What is your favorite movie and why?

  7. What is the last movie you just saw and did you like it?

  8. What is your favorite song and why?

  9. Who is your favorite artist and why?

  10. Who is your favorite actor or actress and why?

  11. What is your favorite activity and why?

  12. What is your favorite holiday and why?

  13. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

  14. What is your favorite drink and why?

  15. What is your favorite bar and why?

  16. What is your favorite color and why?

  17. What is your favorite place you have traveled to and why?

  18. Where would you go for your next vacation (if money is not a concern)?

  19. Are you an art person or a sport person?

  20. Are you a dog or cat person?

  21. What do you when you have a day off?

  22. Do you sing in the shower?

  23. Who is your idol or hero?

  24. What is your most visited website?

  25. Do you play any instrument and do you still play?


  1. Where did you grow up and do you miss it?

  2. Where do you live now and do you like it?

  3. How many brothers or sisters do you have?

  4. How many children do you have?

  5. How many children do you want to have?

  6. How did you meet your wife or husband?

  7. How long have you been married? (If married)

  8. How long have you been living at where you live now?

  9. Do you see yourself staying at where you are for a long time?

  10. How often do you see your family?

  11. Are you closer to your dad or your mom?

  12. Are you close to your grandparents?

Career & Business

  1. Do you love what you do for work?

  2. How’s your boss like? Do you get along with him or her?

  3. What is the first job you have had?

  4. How long have you been with this company (and or position)?

  5. What is your highlight when you were in this company?

  6. What do you do in a typical workday?

  7. How did you enter this field?

  8. Why did you enter this field?

  9. What do you find most satisfying about your job? 

  10. What do you find most frustrating about your job?

  11. What are the toughest problems you usually have to face in your position or your company?

  12. What skills, education and experience are required to succeed in your field?

  13. If you were me, what would you do to approach a position like yours?

  14. What courses or work experience would you recommend to qualify?

  15. If I decide to pursue this type of work, what suggestions do you have for how to conduct my job search?

  16. What sort of professional publications or associations do you recommend?

  17. What kind of growth or job outlook do you anticipate during the next 5 years?

  18. What do you see yourself in 5 years?

  19. If you can do it all over again, would you still pick the same career?  Why or why not? (I love this one!)

  20. Can you recommend anyone else for me to talk with to learn more about your field?

Go Down to Memory Lane

  1. What was your dream career when you were a child?

  2. Were you the “nice” kid or “bad” kid when you were in grade school?

  3. What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?

  4. Who was your favorite teacher when you were in college and why?

  5. What was your favorite candy or snack when you were a child?

  6. What was your favorite cartoon or comic when you were growing up?

  7. What was your favorite sport when you were growing up?

  8. What was your first computer when you were growing up?

  9. Do you keep in touch with your friends in school?

  10. What was the last concert you have attended? Did you like it?

  11. What was the highlight of your last vacation?

  12. When time did you have to go to bed when you were a child?

  13. Did you have curfew when you were a child?

  14. What is your most memorable experience ever?

Here and Now

  1. From a scale of 0 to 10, how do you find this event?

  2. From a scale of 0 to 10, how do you find this venue?

  3. How often do you come to event like this?

  4. Do you know anyone at this event?

  5. Have you met anyone interesting at this event?

  6. Do you know any other event similar to this coming up?

  7. Have you been to any other events hosted by this organization or person?

  8. If you could talk to anyone in the room right now, who would you talk to and why?

  9. Can you introduce me to this person?

  10. What is the best way to leave this venue?

Stretch Their Imagination

  1. If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

  2. If you have the choice to move anywhere in the world, where would you move?

  3. If you could be actor or actress you want to be, who would you be?

  4. If you could be world leader you want to be, who would you be?

  5. If you are an author, what book would you write?

  6. If you could choose any career you want, what would you choose?

  7. If you could work for anyone you choose, who would it be?

  8. If you could work in any company in the world, what would it be?

  9. If you could start your own restaurant, what would it be?

  10. If you could start any company you want, what would it be?

  11. If you could choose anyone to be your husband or wife, who would it be?

  12. If you could speak any language you want to speak, what would it be?

  13. If you could live in any period in history, what would it be?

  14. If you could play any instrument you choose, what would it be? 

Keep In Touch

  1. Do you have a business card?

  2. What is the best way to keep in touch with you?

  3. Which phone number would be the best to reach you?

  4. Which email address would be the best to reach you?

  5. Are you on facebook, linkedin or myspace?

  6. Are you interested in joining me at this event or club?

It is time to turn your next networking opportunity into an adventure.  I doubt you will get the chance to ask all these 101 questions, but I know you and your friends will have some fun with some of these questions. Remember the quality of the information you receive is always determined by the quality of the questions you ask.

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