People Trivia: A Fun Team-Building Exercise

team-building-groupOne of my favorite team-building exercises is simply called “people trivia.” The name says it all: it’s trivia about the people in your organization and it provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about your fellow co-workers.

How It Works

The setup for people trivia is easy: a month leading up to an organizational event, send out an email or survey asking people to share something about themselves that most people at work don’t know. You’ll then collect and compile the information and put it into a quiz-form and share it at the meeting.

If the meeting is remote, you can take advantage of online polling to interactively engage your audience and let them guess which fellow co-worker is an avid skydiver. If it is in-person, a simple PowerPoint and some in-room discussion can make the presentation more interactive.

Team-Building Questions

The questions you ask can be nearly anything, however this is a perfect opportunity to find out more about your fellow employees than the typical business specifics.

Some example questions that can help you strengthen relationships include:

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What is one thing your co-workers wouldn’t normally know about you?
  • What was your most memorable moment of high school (or college)?
  • What is one story that you used to feel embarassed about but can laugh about now?
  • What is something you are very proud of?

You can ask everyone the same questions or switch it up for different people–the key is that you are learning about each other as people, not just co-workers.

Team-Building Presentation

How you present the information is up to you. You can simply share it as “Did you know?” or make it into a team-building game of multiple choice, such as:

Which of your fellow employees used to be a child model:
A) Drew Tarvin
B) Bugs Bunny
C) Jerry Seinfeld
D) Benjamin Franklin

Either way, you’ll be learning about each other, having fun, and building an effective team.

Got your own team-building idea or great personal triva question? Leave it in the comments.

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  • Joy Vickers December 15, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I came up with this variation of popular icebreaker/get to know you games like two truths and a lie, and employee bingo or trivia. I used your questions from above as examples.

    Materials:
    Index cards
    Pencils/Pens
    Sample Questions (Optional)
    Small – Large Groups (4+)

    Instructions:
    STEP 1: Index cards are placed at each table. Each person is to write down a fun or unknown fact or tidbit about themselves, using the 1st person “I” or “My”. After each person is finished the index cards are placed in the center of the table in a pile. The cards are then shuffled and mixed, so that the order is scrambled. STEP 2: Each card is then read out loud and everyone guesses who they think the card belongs to. STEP 3: After all the cards are read and everyone has made their guess, each person reveals which card/fact belongs to him or herself.

    Fun Twist: When read out loud a person can guess on their own card to throw people off (Optional).

    Example Questions/Answers:
    People can write down what they wish on the card. However, here are some questions that may help spark ideas for those that get stuck or don’t know what to write.
    My first holiday memory is ____________________.
    The famous person I would most like to meet is? And Why?
    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    What is one thing your co-workers wouldn’t normally know about you?
    What was your most memorable moment of high school (or college)?
    What is one story that you used to feel embarrassed about but can laugh about now?
    What is something you are very proud of?
    A food craving I have that others may find odd/weird is?
    e.g. I like to peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches.

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