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Little-Big is an icebreaker you can use to kick off a meeting or training session. This quick team building activity connects and energizes a team.

You can adapt this concept and use this icebreaker in a variety of contexts. I used this to kick-off day three of a strategic planning process. The session was scheduled at 6:00 PM and I knew the team members would be tired and stressed coming in. I wanted a short icebreaker that would stimulate positive feelings and allows them to learn a little about each other.

I simply put up a slide with an image of a little dog beside a big dog and asked them to each share just ONE little and ONE big thing that brought them pleasure or de-stressed them. I gave them my personal example and within 3 minutes, all 9 people had shared. Most were smiling at the end of this because thinking about those things stimulated the pleasure centers in their brains. Now they were in a more positive mood to begin an intense evening session together.

You can modify this “little-big” concept in a variety of ways, such as ONE little and ONE big…

  1. Thing that brings you pleasure/de-stresses you
  2. Idea for our team
  3. Thing you appreciate about your team/work
  4. Thing you’d like to learn more about
  5. Action that demonstrates leadership


  1. Create a slide with a fun image of something little and big. (I used an image of dogs, perhaps you can pick an image that connects to the topic or the team’s work, be creative).
  2. Give the instructions that they are to share ONE little and ONE big thing. Tell them they will only have 30 seconds to report out.
  3. Provide them up to 1 minute to think about what they will share.
  4. One at a time, ask each person to share.


Little-Big is a fun, easy, and quick icebreaker to use in your team meetings or to kick-off a training session.

About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.

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