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3 Question Mingle

An activity to support a group to get to know each other through a set of questions that they create themselves. The activity gets participants moving around and meeting each other one-on-one. It’s useful in the early stages of team development and/or for groups to reconnect with each other after a period of time apart.

  1. Step 1:

    Each participant writes down three questions, each on one post-it. These questions should be open questions that you would be curious to ask other members of the group to better get to know them. Give participants a few examples, such as: What skill would you most like to develop? Who in your life do you really look up to? When was the hardest you’ve ever laughed? Encourage participants to be thoughtful, curious and creative with their questions.

  2. Step 2:

    Mingle. Once all participants have written questions, they begin to mingle. Participants meet one-on-one, for one minute per meeting, and ask each other one of the questions they are holding. After asking a question and listening to the answer, they hand over that question. Thus, in each one-on-one meeting, participants will swap one question each.

  3. Step 3:

    Continue the mingle for a fixed amount of time and encourage participants to try to meet every other member of the group. If time allows, continue until everyone meets everyone.

  4. Step 4:

    After the mingle, have participants put all the post-its up on a flip-chart or the wall so that all the questions are visible. Invite participants to look at the questions and to use them as inspiration for continued conversations throughout the day and beyond.