Leadership Inspirations Activities

Hot Seat

Each person in the ‘hot seat’ gets to spend time answering questions about themselves

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper, Pens, Hat Or Bucket

 

SUMMARY

Each person gets to spend time answering questions about themselves so the group can learn more about one another.

 

SET UP

  • Have everyone sit in chairs or on the ground and form a circle. There should be one chair or space in the middle of the circle for the ‘hot seat’.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have everyone write down two or three questions on piece of papers and place them in a hat or bucket. These questions should be appropriate for anyone in the group.
  • Have one volunteer sit in the ‘hot seat’
  • Have everyone on the outside of the circle choose a question from the hat.
  • Ask a volunteer to start by asking the person in the middle the question that they pulled.
  • Go around the circle asking and answering questions.
  • After 2-4 questions, have the person in the middle choose another person for the hot seat.
  • Safety: Since participants can ask any questions, they need to be reminded to ask questions that anyone would want to answer. Also, provide people the option to pass.

VARIATIONS

  • As the facilitator you can prepare your own questions, use our Dyads activity as a guide.
  • If you are short on time and/or have a larger group, you can split them up into several smaller groups to allow more people to share and answer questions.
  • Also see Flash or Skittles Game.

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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
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?