“The Mingle” is a ready-made activity that can be used to
- build community
- jump-start a richer discussion
- conduct a meaningful “ice breaker”
There are five different applications – Teams, Groups, Collaboration, Trust and Sustainability.
Each deck comes with 20 different cards, and there are two sets for each application. Every card has a unique question designed specifically for the group you’re working with or the topic you’re discussing. Each set also has suggestions for how to present, facilitate and brief the activity in a way that adds meaning to the session.
This upbeat activity, with its unique and challenging questions, always moved the group from strangers to friends very quickly and set a positive and constructive tone for open communication, trust and learning together during the rest of the program. ~ Mary Jo Svendsen, Program Manager (Retired), The Strategic Leadership Seminar, Boeing Leadership Center
There are many benefits to using “The Mingle” in your next meeting or gathering. Here are a few:
- Building a group – People are naturally cautious about sharing with each other the first time a group gets together, or when a group hasn’t been together for a while, or when new members join the group. So, to get the most out of a group’s time together, The Mingle will jump start the sharing process by getting people talking to each other about things that matter.
- Tested questions – We’ve tried The Mingle questions for you, so we know they work! (At one time, we asked the group members to come up with their own questions, but frequently the questions were mundane or, worse yet, inappropriate. We’ve made sure these get the desired result!)
- Increasing trust – The Mingle gives people permission to share at a deeper level than they usually do, and we all are more likely to trust people we know and feel know us
- Meeting others – Talking 1-on-1 with the other people in the room, especially the ones they don’t know, or don’t know well, helps people connect into the group at a personal level. Instead of a roomful of strangers, you now have a roomful of new friends!
- Encourages participation – By the time the group has finished both parts of the Mingle, “Asking the Questions” and “Sharing the Answers,” everyone will have talked with most of the other people and probably have spoken in front of the whole group, so it’s easier to do it again.
- It’s Fun! – The Mingle questions often provoke laughter and surprises. It provides a quick and easy way to learn something new about each other, and let others know a bit more about you, too.
- Setting the tone – As facilitators, some of the most difficult moments are those first few when we can be faced with reluctance, hesitation, crossed arms and blank faces, or worse … The Mingle always shifts the atmosphere in the room to one of engagement, laughter and connection.