Kaleigh Cornelison, MSW
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Thoughts, Tips & Tools

Starting Strong: Quick & Easy Check-In Questions

One way to simply and easily build rapport within your team is to consider using a fun or creative check-in or icebreaker at the start of your team meetings.  Go around and hear everyone's answers or if you have a large group, have people pair up and tell each other the answer to a check-in question and then have a few people share with the larger group. This can be a quick simple way to get people talking. 

Here are some of my favorite check-in questions - some silly, some serious – choose the question that’s right for the mood of the group and what’s been going on with the team lately. Or take turns asking a different person to come up with or choose a check-in question each meeting.

  • If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
  • If you were a vending machine, what would you dispense and why?  
  • Share a joy and a concern (Or a crappy and a happy)
  • If your mood today was the weather, what would the weather be?
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  • If you could spend one day in someone else’s life, who would it be?
  • If you could describe your mood in one color, what would it be and why?
  • If your life was a movie, what would it be called?  
  • Give one word to express your mood today. 
  • Rose (a bright spot), bud (something that has potential), and thorn (a pain point). 
  • What one thing that you’re proud of?


Additional Check-in Question Resources

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