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Meeting Icebreakers to promote belonging, engagement & connection

Date: 01.09.2023

Category: Insights

A positive team culture is the cornerstone of a successful business. One essential ingredient for fostering this atmosphere is building strong connections between team members. As a manager, you have a vital role in creating an environment that promotes belonging, engagement, and connection at work. In this blog post, we'll explore three easy and fun icebreakers, grounded in positive psychology, that can help you create stronger bonds within your team. These exercises will take no more than 20 minutes to complete, making them perfect for team meetings. 

#1 Two Truths and a Lie  

This classic icebreaker is a fun way to encourage team members to share interesting facts about themselves, promoting connection and understanding.  

How to do it:  

Ask each team member to come up with two true statements and one false statement about themselves.  

Have everyone take turns sharing their statements, while the rest of the team tries to guess which one is the lie.  

Two Truths and a Lie is an excellent icebreaker for promoting belonging and engagement. By sharing personal information, team members can find common ground and better understand each other's backgrounds and experiences. This exercise encourages open communication, which is a crucial aspect of positive psychology and team building.  

#2 I Admire  

I admire is a powerful exercise that strengthens relationships by promoting gratitude and positive feedback among team members.  

How to do it:  

Have your team sit or stand in a circle.  

Choose someone to start. This person will express their gratitude for the person to their right by sharing something they value about that person or something they've done recently that they appreciate. They’ll start by saying, “I admire you [Name], I admire your…”  

Continue around the circle until everyone has received and given gratitude.  

I admire is rooted in the concept of gratitude, a key component of positive psychology. When team members express appreciation for one another, they foster a positive and supportive work environment. This exercise not only helps to build connection and trust but also reinforces positive behaviors and boosts overall morale.  

#3 Common Ground   

This icebreaker focuses on discovering shared experiences or interests among team members, helping to create a sense of unity and commonality.  

How to do it:  

Divide your team into small groups of 3-5 people.  

Give each group 5 minutes to find three things they all have in common. Encourage them to think beyond the obvious (e.g., they all work for the same company).  

After 5 minutes, have each group share their commonalities with the larger group.  

Common Ground is a simple yet effective way to promote belonging and connection within your team. By discovering shared experiences, team members can form deeper connections and feel a greater sense of unity. This exercise also encourages active listening and collaboration, essential skills for effective teamwork.  

Building a strong, connected team culture is crucial for success in any organization. By incorporating these brief, fun icebreakers grounded in positive psychology into your meetings, you can foster an environment of belonging, engagement, and connection at work. Start using these icebreakers today to strengthen your team's bonds and promote a happier, more productive workplace.