Check-in and Check-out. In a check-in round, each person shares a small status update at the beginning of a meeting.
Unlike most meeting topics, however, this status update pertains to the individuals themselves. They can share their current emotional state, what is going on in their work or personal lives. Or how they really, really need that cup of coffee they’re holding, how they ran into an old friend on the way to work today, so they’re feeling extra jazzed about life.
This time is the individual’s personal space . it’s not a discussion, and the individual chooses what and how much to share.
So start sharing and get to know your colleagues on a deeper level.
What steps to take for the practice
Adding these questions to every meeting takes only 5 minutes of the meeting-time. With all the advantages described above.
A couple of examples to use:
What’s the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
What technology innovation made the most impact on your life?
Describe a challenging situation you’ve been in and tell how you resolved it?
How would you spend one million dollars?
Who is your hero, and why?
Tell us your earliest childhood memory.
Who was your favorite teacher in school and how did s/he impact you?
If you could choose an age to remain forever, which age would you choose?
What is one important skill every person should have?
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Lisanne31 December 2018 at 19:17
This prototype worked really well when I was doing a workshop at a client. The result was that all attendees felt comfortable with each other, which made sharing of ideas and deciding on next steps way easier.
Edition2 January 2019 at 17:38
I love this addition to meetings. We are using this in all kind of meetings.
David10 January 2019 at 11:16
I really like this prototype. It helps people to open up, build relations and set a constructive atmosphere during any gathering of people. And it also helps to really be present in the session that is about to start, which is part of purpose of the check in. You can vary the question that starts the check in to ensure that it stays useful. It is also very commonly used in Deep democracy. The same goes for the check out, it is a good way to wrap up the session instead of rushing to the next commitment.
And I even used similar questions in the family setting to deepen the conversations.
Arie Drost12 September 2019 at 22:09
Cool practice. My colleague from recruitment challenges managers to share something new (personal or in business) when introducing themselves to an applicant in interviews. It keeps it fun and builds up relationships!