February 27, 2014 Leave a comment
To get participants vocal and more participatory sooner by introducing themselves beyond name and title. All of these can be used with virtual meetings as well.
Ask them to share with the group—here are some ideas to consider:
- A simple yet effective-method relies on the “If I were a . . . “ approach such as—“If I were a gem, I would be a ____” or “If I were a flower, I would be a ____” or “If I were a bird, I would be a _____” or “If I were a vehicle, I would be a _____”
- Describe your dream career as a child.
- Explain how you got one of your scars (and where it is).
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
- If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
- If you were a room in a house, which room are you and why?
- “My hero is . . .”
- Name a talent that you have and no one here knows about it.
- Name your favorite James Bond actor and explain why.
- Sound out or act out your high school mascot.
- The title of your autobiography?
- Two truths and a lie—participants guess the lie.
- What is the first event you remember vividly in life?
- What kind and brand of automobile would you be and why?
- What kitchen appliance or tool would you be and why?
- What was the last song you sang out loud by yourself?
- What was your strangest paying job or chore?
- What would you bring with you on a desert island?
- What’s on your reading list or nightstand?
- “Would you rather?” questions; eg, Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds? Would you rather live without music or live without television? Would you rather be 4 feet tall or 8 feet tall? (see http://www.teampedia.net/)
- Your favorite ice cream?
- Start with a “Fun Fact” sharing by each individual of something previously unknown to everyone.
- Based on a project theme, create new surnames for participants; eg, Lori Aconcagua (ie, highest mountain in South America).
- On a rotating basis, have an assignee bring in a joke.
- Start the meeting with a song and award a prize to the first person that correctly identifies the name or artist or both.
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