One 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.
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. For more great questions, check out 50 questions to get to know someone.
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.