3 Ways to Start A Meeting

Transitioning from work to a meeting can sometimes be difficult. As a presenter to various groups for 25 years I have found a transition activity from a state of unfocus to refocus is necessary.

Here are three tried and true activities:

Have Your Participants Write Six Word Memoirs

A small story of 6 words. Constraints are great for creativity and may lead to an insight about the people sitting at the table.


  • It must be the full moon
  • Comparison is a thief of joy
  • Create something that will outlive you
  • I’d pick you over french fries
  • Know your worth. Then add tax.
  • Catch 22, but give 21 back.
  • New mom of 4 almost overnight.
  • High School sweetheart was disappointing knight.
  • I might be Monday’s only friend.

Have Your Participants Make a List

List 5 things you are really good at:

1. listening

2. giving constructive criticism

3. believing in the impossible

4. singing


List 5 things you love, but haven’t done in a while:

  1. Try a new recipe.
  2. Took a walk.
  3. Bought a new dress
  4. Painted
  5. Sang

List 5 Jobs You Would Love to Have Even if You Do NOT have the Skills:

  1. Photographer
  2. Caterer
  3. Queen
  4. Professional student
  5. Children’s book author

Ask a Question and Share the Answers

Any question that leads to an open ended answer will suffice. One that is interesting is: People often consider what it would be like to be the last person alive on earth and of course it would be horrible in lots of ways. But let us be a little different — tell me what fun you could have if the earth was all yours!?


What would a perfect school look like to you?

All three can be used with students and with adults alike!

You can read and clap for this article here on Medium.

3 thoughts on “3 Ways to Start A Meeting

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I like the playfulness of these opening activities. I’d like to answer the 5 jobs question: dancer, baker, artist, speaker, professional dreamer


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.