Setting aside some time from your usual work week to chat about non-work related things with your team is a great way to build camaraderie and friendships. But, what do you talk about?
Rather than worrying about what you’ll say to fill in the awkward silences between topics, we’ve come up with a list of things that can help you learn more about your team and keep the conversation going.
Childhood & Growing Up
Talking about childhood is a great way to understand where some people are coming from. Here are some light conversation starters to get everyone talking about what they were like growing up.
- What was your favorite toy as a kid?
- What was your favorite cereal?
- What did you hate as a kid that you love now?
- What is something kids these days will never understand?
- What was your first job?
Entertainment topics are a quick way to jumpstart a conversation, as everyone seems to have an opinion on what you should watch next.
- What tv shows are you into right now?
- Have you seen [insert movie here] yet?
- Would you ever want to be famous?
- Who would play you in your own lifetime biopic?
Life, Dreams, and Goals
Want to go a little deeper? Try some of these questions that will help you understand your team’s greatest goals.
- Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing but just haven’t gotten around to yet?
- If you could learn one new thing instantly by tomorrow, what would you learn?
- If your house were on fire, what one thing would you try to grab before you run out?
- If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you pick?