Leadership Inspirations Activities

Introduce Your Partner

Get to know one group member and then introduce them to the rest of the group

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Index cards, pens or pencils

 

SUMMARY

 
In this activity, group members get paired up to learn about each other and then get to introduce one another to the rest of the group.

 

SET UP

  • Decide how the partners will be determined – pre-select pairs (or trios if there is an odd number of participants) or let the participants find their own partners.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have everyone get together with their partner(s).
  • Give everyone five to ten minutes to get to know their partner(s). They can openly share about themselves and/or ask each other any questions.
  • Come back together as a whole group and go pair by pair so each participant can introduce their partner to the group. They will share any information they learned about their partner that they would like.
  • To make this easier for a group that is forming, provide specific questions for them to utilize in conversation in case they get stuck.

VARIATIONS

  • To keep your group up and moving, have pairs introduce each other to another pair. After they have all learned a little about each other they can move on to meet another pair. This helps mix and mingle your groups. 
  • As participants are listening to people being introduced, they can write down one thing that they have in common with this person or that they would like to know more about. Have participants reference this list for future getting-to-know you activities if they need a way to start conversation. 
  • For a similar getting-to-know-you activity try Trading Places

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?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
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?