Looking for a great way for a group of people to get know each other? To get a group listening and taking turns speaking? Adults or children, this can be a difficult task. But luckily, their is one facilitation exercise that dives deeper as it goes and strengthens bonds as you learn about each group member in 3 questions or less.
This game is simple, just gather your group in a circle, and present them with 3 questions or less. And as each participant takes their turn to answer the questions; have everyone listen and interject with questions, commentary, or comical quips; and lest the rest unfold. To get the most out of this exercise play it twice, once at the beginning of a series of team-building activities, and once again at the end. Vary the depth of the questions for round 2, and watch how people open up for everyone, further strengthening your bonds into relationships.
3 Questions or Less 101: Sample Questions and Analysis
1. What’s your name and where do you come from? (where you went to school, what’s your role in the company, etc… general background information).
2. What’s one piece of multimedia (book, movie, TV sh0w, museum, etc.) that you would recommend to the group?
3. It’s a bit darker, but if you were on death row, and the guard came up to your cell and asked, “what’s the last meal going to be?” What would you say?
While the first question sets the stage and points the spotlight, the second question gives everyone a taste of some personality. But it’s only a taste. Recommended media for the group is going to be a tailored answer for the group, a decision made with other people on your mind. We make these kind of decisions daily. And then the third question (death row), opens everyone’s mind to a more absurd kind of answering, but done with self-interest in mind, showing a little deeper the quirks and ideals that make each individual who they are.
3 Questions or Less 201: Sample Questions and Analysis
1. What is the best vacation you have ever been on, or if you haven’t taken a “best” vacation yet, where is a place you dream about going?
2. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
3. If you won a million dollars…and had to give half away to a charity, cause, or foundation; where would that money go?
Here, the first question immediately dives directly into a favorite memory. And like Facebook wall posts, who doesn’t like to share about their favorite vacation? The second question (compliment), is perhaps the best question of them all. The answer reveals a lot. Not only did this person receive the compliment in the first place, but then they chose to remember it, and then chose to share it with the group. This is an indication to people that this compliment guided this person in their life somehow. And the third question, an extension to a familiar query, can make it easier for people to share what they believe in, a reason for a charity that’s close to them, and simply, what cause would they happily give 500,000 imaginary dollars to?
Tailor the questions to the group, but understand the core concept, shallow to deep, and quickly watch everyone listen, open up, and connecting before your eyes. If you are facilitating this practice, be sure to facilitate; keep the questions going, control the tempo, and set the stage by sharing your answers as well.