Authentic Connection: Three Things Opener Activity

Icebreakers foster what workplace experts call psychological safety. In other words, they create an atmosphere in which colleagues feel free to speak up, to question, contribute and criticize – without fear of censure.

– Jonathan Thompson


  • A quick-fire, fast-paced activity. Person A kicks things off by naming a category (for example, “types of dessert”).
  • Person B rattles off three things that fit that theme, as quickly as they can. No judgment and no self-censoring.
  • When they’ve finished, the entire group applauds, and then Person B names the next category. Continue until everyone has had a chance to name the category and the three things.

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