Leadership Inspirations Activities

3, 2, 1

 A quick and easy way to check in or out with your group


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Index cards, pens



Check in or out with your group by asking them to reflect on three simple questions.



  • Pass out index cards or paper and pens to every participant.


  • Choose the framework for your 3,2,1 activity based on whether or not you are checking in before an experience or checking out after an experience.
  • Ask participants to respond to the following prompts on their index cards:
    • Check In Example:
      • 3 Things You Want to Learn
      • 2 Questions You Want Answered
      • 1 Commitment or Promise
    • Check Out Example :
      • 3 Things Learned
      • 2 Questions
      • 1 Proudest Moment
  • If you have time after they have had time to individually reflect and respond, you can ask them to share what they wrote in partners or with the whole group.
  • Facilitator Note: It is helpful to have everyone write their names on their index cards so that you can collect them and review everyone’s answers. The information shared with you in these reflections can help you to plan ahead or close out experiences effectively.


  • Make the questions specific to whatever it is that you are learning or experiencing together currently
    • Example: Planning an Event
      • 1 Goal
      • 2 Deadlines / Check Points
      • 3 Action Steps
    • Example: Group Evaluation
      • 3 Things Done Well
      • 2 Things to Improve
      • 1 Personal Commitment
    • Example: Officer Transitions
      • 3 Pieces of Advice
      • 2 Things You Wish You Would Have Known
      • 1 Encouraging Message
  • Pair the 3,2,1 activity with our Accountability Partner activity as a way for partners to check in on each other and keep each other accountable.


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?


  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Meeting Skills

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?


Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?