Authentic Connection: 10 Things in Common Opener Activity

The common denominator is that all types of icebreakers can help build stronger team connections.

– Jonathan Thompson


  • Break everyone into small groups of 3-4 (use breakout rooms if on Zoom), being sure to mix departments if possible/applicable.
  • Task the groups with finding 10 things that all of them share in common (for example: places they have visited, movies they love, items of clothing they own).
  • Have each group share 1-3 of their 10 things with the whole group
  • Bonus/Challenge: Is there anything shared by the entire group?

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