Circle Of Questions

Circle Of Questions
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The Circle Of Questions Activity

Circle Of Questions is an introductory activity that has participants listen to each other to discover each other’s values.

Participants form two circles, one inside the other. As the circles rotate in opposite directions, participants are faced with different colleagues who ask and respond to a series of questions.

Split the group into two equal teams (if you have an odd number of participants, join in yourself to even the numbers).

Ask one team to stand in a circle, facing outwards. Ask the second team to create a slightly larger circle around the first, facing inwards.

Explain to the two teams that they are about to greet one another (shake hands) and that those in the inner circle will ask a question (determined by the facilitator) of the person opposite them. Point out that these will be open questions and there can be no wrong answers.

The respondent standing in the outer circle will have 30 seconds to give their answer before the whistle blows and they must be silent, as they answer, the questioner must just listen and not speak. As facilitator you must then ask those who responded in the outer circle to ask the same question of their partner in the inner circle.

Once again, the respondent to the question will have 30 seconds to give their answer before the whistle blows and they must be silent.

Explain that they are now going to repeat the exercise with a new partner. To find their new partner the inner circle must move clockwise one place and the outer circle must move anticlockwise one place.

See also  Group Map

Introduce a new question, slightly more challenging than the first. Continue to introduce a more challenging question every few rounds.

Sample Questions

For best results start with some easy ‘small talk’ style questions gradually working towards the questions most closely linked to the theme you want to address.

  • How did you get here?
  • Where would you like to be?
  • Who do you admire most?
  • Who has influenced you?
  • What does success look like to you?
Moment of Reflection
  • How did it feel to answer such open questions?
  • Did you hear different answers to the same question?
  • How did your own answers alter as the exercise progressed?
  • Which was the toughest question to answer?

The topics of this publication: interactions, teamwork, integration, communication, active listening, team bondingmotivation

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