Check-in and check-out processes are fundamental to the work we engage in and set the context for what we actually do. The shaping of questions to check-in at the start of a meeting will help your team avoid distractions and regain focus.
Managing time is crucial for running effective meetings. As the session leader or facilitator, you can introduce different constraints to check-in to allow for more or less time. Examples are:
- “What’s one hope you are bringing to this meeting?”
- “What are you looking forward to this week?”
- “What has been the highlight of your day so far?”
The idea is to get people talking.
Think about what stage the group is at. What would be a useful question for them to check-in with?
Think about the context and the general mood.
• How much time do you have for the check-in? Does the question invite a 3-5 minute story from each person, a word or two, or a sentence or two?
• How can the check-in connect and support the rest of the agenda and the overall purpose of the gathering?
• What kind of tone do you want to create? Playful? Serious? Connecting? Learning something new about each other?
• Consider: What has happened? What are they about to do? Has there been conflict? Is this a celebration?
Choose a reflection question that will support the ambiance and atmosphere that you want to create.
- How are you feeling as you leave this meeting?
- What is one thing you are taking from today?
- Share a few words to describe how you are feeling.