Set the Table

We must connect with others in order to build a connection with others. Leaders recognize the importance of connecting with teammates and understand it starts with getting to know them.

Too many teams, despite what you may hear from them in locker rooms or huddles (1, 2, 3 FAMILY), the players aren’t always a “family.” In fact, if you dig a little deeper, they don’t know a lot about many of their teammates.

The S.T.O.R.Y. exercise adds a new, innovative twist to those common “getting to know” each other exercises. The S.T.O.R.Y. exercise will allow your teammates to begin getting to know each other in a fun and creative way; strategically designed to find subjects to allow for connection, vulnerability and transparency.

""The S.T.O.R.Y exercise was the starting point for the relationship I built with one of my teammates… we had our snacks and restaurants in common and it helped us make an immediate connection. We both love to eat.""
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Exercise Reminder Card

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • We must connect with others in order to build a ____________ with them.
  • What do great teams have in common?
  • Why is it important to know your teammates’ STORY?