30 Great Questions to Use to Humanize Your Meetings

Sign Up For Weekly Tips! Get Trevor’s Weekly Tips Straight To Your Inbox!

We forget that, in addition to getting things done, the purpose of meetings is also to:

Build team and

Get people fired up

Do yours accomplish those things?

You might be surprised how much a quick question posed at the start of a meeting can build team over time.

So, why not try to personalize things a bit by asking a question for everyone to answer? Here are a few that I like and aren’t dumb and are open-ended and that I have actually used in work settings (no “celebrity crush” or “choose what type of bird you’d be” questions)

Pick one and give it a try at your next meeting:

  1. What’s something you do around here that nobody knows about or notices?
  2. Which of your tasks drain you?
  3. Which of your duties energize you?
  4. If you could choose one rule for everyone in this company to obey, what would it be?
  5. Did you ever consider a different career path? If so, what was it?
  6. What’s something you’ve learned about yourself this year? About the company?
  7. Fill in the blanks: People think I”m ____________ but really I’m ___________.
  8. Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist?
  9. What’s a memorable gift you’ve received?
  10. What’s something you do outside of work, and what interests you about it?
  11. What is a pet peeve of yours?
  12. What’s one challenge you faced before you were 20, and how did you deal with it?
  13. What are 3-5 words that describe you well?
  14. What’s a goal you have this year, either personally or professionally?
  15. What’s an important value you learned from your family of origin?
  16. What does it take to succeed in this company?
  17. What’s a piece of work advice you’d give to your younger self?
  18. What piece of work feedback has been hardest for you to hear?
  19. Who is one of your favorite people to interact with at work, inside or outside the company?
  20. What’s a great piece of advice you’ve received from a mentor?
  21. What is one weakness you have that affects the team negatively?
  22. What are three strengths you have that help our team?
  23. Which of your DISC dimensions do you find hardest to control? D, I, S, or C? Which aspect of it?
  24. If your house was on fire, which three objects would you save?
  25. Who is one of your “influencers?” Online personality, author, or someone you know personally?
  26. What negative moods do you experience at work, and what triggers them?
  27. What’s a bright spot at work for you at the moment?
  28. What are you grateful for? Personally? Professionally?
  29. What’s something you’ve been good at for as long as you can remember?
  30. Name a personal or professional highlight from the past 12 months.

Getting ahead is about getting started. Try something new and get a different result!

Recommended Resources:

Uncover your strengths and weaknesses with our complimentary assessment. Boost your effectiveness at work and with your team.

Free Resource Library: Access our extensive collection of valuable resources for instant support in your personal and professional growth.

Explore Our Course Library:

Enhance your leadership skills with our diverse selection of courses. Take your abilities to the next level and become a more effective leader and team player.
Written by Trevor Throness
Trevor is a veteran coach, keynote speaker, and the author of the book “The Power of People Skills” released by Career Press NY in 2017. He’s also written for or been featured in places like Forbes, Inc, The NY Post, The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur, CEO Magazine, and numerous podcasts and interviews.


Our Clients Love the Professional Leadership Institute

Your team will, too! Check out some reviews from our students.
The PLI program was invaluable to our network.
The range of topics delivered, the open dialogue, experience, and examples that PLI brought to each session were outstanding and provided a path for our Franchisees and Managers to look at leadership, coaching, and connecting with their teams in a new light. Many have implemented these strategies in their bakeries and have seen immediate results.
Michelle C.
COBS Bread
Highly recommend to help your team move forward
We have locations around BC and Alberta, so getting people on the same page can be very difficult... Until now. Our entire management team and location managers take the same great courses and then meet monthly online with our coach to apply it to our situation. People are engaged, the courses are excellent, we love our coach, and we are all learning together!
Jason Fawcett
President, Kelson Group
The result has been a transformation of our culture. 
We decided to implement PLI's strategies across the country in over 150 locations and over 3500 employees.  The result has been a transformation of our culture.  People's lives have been positively impacted - professionally and personally.  Morale is high and sales and profits are up as a result.
Daryl Verbeek
Daryl Verbeek
We’ve learned how to fix ongoing personnel issues once and for all
The roadmap laid out set our business up to quintuple in sales.  We've learned how to fix ongoing personnel issues once and for all, attract top talent, and spend our time focused on results, not internal staffing problems.  I highly recommend PLI to you - it's worked for us!
John DeJong
Satisfied Client
I had no idea that running a business could be this fun!
In less than 18 months of working with Trevor, he has transformed my business from being average to exceptional, where mediocrity is not acceptable, where being great is standard.  Working with PLI has allowed me to realize my dream of not simply owning a job, but owning a business.
Justin Bontkes
Principal, Caliber Projects
Our culture has taken major steps forward this year
Our culture has taken major steps forward this year with Trevor’s help.  He is funny, relatable, and his tools are very very practical and have helped us focus and upgrade our teams throughout our retail network. Trevor recently spoke to an employee group, and one person remarked, “I could listen to Trevor all day.”   We would highly recommend Trevor.
Stan Pridham
Founder, KMS Tools
The results have been remarkable
At first, we resisted, “This just won’t work with a law firm.” But we persisted and the results have been remarkable: our client base and profits have steadily improved, and staff engagement and morale is the healthiest its ever been.
Doug Lester
Partner, RDM Lawyers
Helped our fast-growing business become what it is today
I've experienced PLI's approach first hand and it's been crucial to sustaining our growth.  I can't imagine a business that wouldn't benefit greatly from his help.
Brian Antenbring
Founder, TEEMA
Provided practical ways to make positive changes
Trevor was incredibly well-received by the entire organization. He was able to articulate people issues that many of our franchisees were experiencing and provided them with practical ways to make positive changes. We have implemented the Star Chart tool across the organization and see it as vital to building happy, effective teams.
Aaron Gillespie
President, COBS Bread
Scroll to Top

Start Learning Today

For Individuals

Unlock your potential and accelerate your career with sought-after management and leadership skills.


Transform Your Organization

For Teams

Book a consultation to discuss your challenges and discover how we can help you build a winning team.


Sign Up For Weekly Tips!

Get Weekly Coaching Tips Straight To Your Inbox Every Monday.