It requires significant introspection and for some people past events can be of a traumatic nature; they might have issues thinking of them, let alone sharing them.5.Hot Seat I often do the Hot Seat exercise only if the team has displayed solid steps on the ‘trust ladder’ since it requires each individual to give feedback to the other person in the presence of other team members.Forging and maintaining connections is key in the business world.Whether you’re interviewing a potential employee, meeting a new client, or hosting the company’s annual retreat, your opening remarks and questions not only set the tone for the entire event but also help get a better sense of the people you hope to (or already) work with.the following icebreaker topics work because they take an interest in the other person yet can easily lead to a sustained discussion. There’s nothing worse than leading with either negativity or over-familiarity.Retreats are the place where you realign your company’s vision and strategize for the year ahead.When team members have understood and accepted the power of disclosure I do a number of team building activities that helps them get everything together. Speed dating A non evasive team building activity to kick off discussions about personal relationships is a speed dating exercise in which you request team members to answer a number of different speed dating questions.Example of some of these questions are: The answers to these questions are often fun and more importantly very revealing what the person is about and provides a great2.
Last week we ended with the Secret Ingredient that Ties Top Teams Together, where the bottom line is that people need to really know each other before they can become a high performing team.” you’ll definitely want to check out the following ice breaker questions.Great icebreaker questions are perfect for spurring meaningful discussion and getting things off to a friendly and productive start. They are a casual segue into the main part of the interview while revealing important information about the candidate’s aptitude for the job.Hard Talk One of my favorite and often the most impactful team building activities is HARDtalk in which the leader of the team is exposed to hard hitting questions.The key is the first questions, which needs to be the toughest one, the one that everybody wants to know the answer for and the one that people gossip about. As the audience gasps and holds their breath at the audacity of me to ask the question everybody wants asked but nobody dares to.This exercise as well as the next two exercises can’t be done straight of the bat and require some team gestation time.3.Mask Exercise This exercise asks participants to draw one of the mask they wear.It’s used to help people go deeper into themselves or to break open a “stuck” group.In the mask drawing they can include their characteristics, dreams, interests, weaknesses, strengths, basically anything that explains the individual to his/her team members in a non threatening manner.When you’re meeting an industry leader, or someone you’d like to bring on as a client, the goal with a great icebreaker question is to start a conversation that lets you make an authentic connection without seeming too intrusive or personal.Although observations about the weather or the hotel you’re staying at may be the first things that come to mind, they aren’t conducive to meaningful dialogue, and the last thing you want is your new acquaintance scanning the room for the exit door.