Holding an event sometimes means you will be introducing new people to one another. Providing a few suggested topics can help people stimulate conversations, especially if you have a group of introverts who are not prone to start up random dialogues with strangers or unknown co-workers.

Creating a cohesive team of individuals who know each other at some personal level leads to a better work environment, increased productivity, and reduced turn over. So what questions can you place in front of your team to get the ball rolling toward an interpersonal connection?

We found a great blog with 36 questions as suggestions to stimulate empathy, a cornerstone to the beginning of a relationship. Here are three of our favorites. Read to the end where we will also provide a link to the original article.

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
  3. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

The reasoning behind these questions comes from Artur Aron, who tested several questions to determine which ones created empathy the most quickly. It became a New York Times article that went viral, helping people build stronger teams and even a few love connections. You can read all 36 questions reprinted on the Fearless Culture blog. Happy connecting!

The Team at Wright Group Event Services