Defining a moment

This is a quick version of a deeper get-to-know-each-other activity. It takes the conversation beyond preferences and provides a human-centric approach where everyone can share something that’s important to them or has shaped their lives in some way.

How to

  1. Decide whether you want to keep the defining moments open to any theme (so more broadly speaking in life) or centre it around a specific theme (such as career).
  1. It might be helpful to write the theme out in a sentence. Something like: “Share a moment that you consider defining for your career” or “Reflect on one defining moment in your life that you feel comfortable sharing with us today.”

  2. Write it down on the whiteboard. This, of course, can all be done verbally, but sometimes it helps to write it down for larger groups where people might forget or mishear the topic.

  3. Once you introduce the topic, give everyone about 3 to 5 minutes to reflect on their answers, then invite them to note down a few words about their defining moment.

  4. Once everyone has finished writing, take turns sharing the defining moment.

What we like about it

This activity is especially helpful in bringing a group together and facilitating greater understanding between team members. People get to reveal parts of themselves and their personality that might not always shine through in a professional setting.


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