Leadership Inspirations Activities

Ask Me About…

An easy way to encourage networking and interaction

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer

Materials

Adhesive name tags

 

SUMMARY

 
This activity is particularly helpful for encouraging large groups of people to mix and meet. Participants will practice networking with the help of name tags that have great conversation starters!  

 

SET UP

  • Create name tag prompts for every member of your group. Examples:
    • Ask Me About…
      • My favorite childhood memory
      • My best travel story
      • My hobbies
      • My dream job
      • My greatest achievement

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pass out name tags or have participants choose one to wear.
  • Tell them that they will have 10 minutes to mingle and meet with each other.
  • They should use the name tags as a way to start their conversations.
  • Encourage them to interact with people they don’t already know.
  • Remind them that the goal is not to meet as many people as possible, it’s to really get to know the people in the room.

VARIATIONS

  • You may decide to let your group members create their own prompts. Make sure to monitor these for appropriateness.
  • Use this as a introduction to more structured sharing or networking like Dyads or Accountability Partners.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • 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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?