Authentic Connection: Exorcise the Demons Opener Activity

Any time you’re collaborating with colleagues, a few short minutes spent on carefully chosen activities beforehand can seriously help you. Not just in terms of feeling more connected by learning new things about each other, but also in terms of getting comfortable with speaking up and actively contributing to the group.

– Eugene Chung


  • Divide into groups of 3-6 people (if the team is 10 people or fewer, you can have everyone participate as one group; you can also mix up the smaller groups to ensure the team is still interacting as a whole)
  • First, introduce the idea you’ll be brainstorming around in the main meeting.
  • Then, using a shared space (ie. in Confluence or Trello), you all note down the WORST ideas you can possibly think of.
  • After a few minutes, step back – asking each person to share their favorite worst idea.

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