Story Starters

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Story Starters is a good get-to-know-you icebreaker to help people share interesting stories about themselves. It works in groups of all sizes. For very large groups, simply have everyone split into smaller groups of 4-6 people.

Setup for Story Starters

Setup of this icebreaker is flexible. Materials required: Oxford 5″x8″ notecards and plenty of ballpoint pens.

The facilitator can prepare cards in advance, or the following could be written on a chalkboard/whiteboard/Powerpoint slide.

Write the following sentences, one on each card:

  • “Once upon a time, I…”
  • “My favorite place I ever went to is…”
  • “The silliest thing I ever did was…”
  • “My ideal vacation is…”
  • “The craziest thing I ever did (that I’ll admit to) is…”
  • “If my life were a book, I would title it…”

You can also come up with many more.

Distribute these cards to each group (or show these on a chalkboard/whiteboard/Powerpoint on the front of the room). Within each small group, each group member must choose one Story Starter and begin a story using one of these sentences as a starting point.

Each group can vote on which story is the most interesting. The most interesting stories can be shared to the larger group.

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