Meet someone to simply learn who they are, what are their objectives, challenges, needs, fears, hopes, etc. We often listen to reply, this is about listening to understand.
You are just trying to learn as much as you can about each other. You have no other objective
Start by splitting participants into small groups of 2-3 people.
Step 1 - Get really curious (15 mins)
- Person A talks to person B and person C about her/his objectives, challenges, needs, headaches, aspirations, and so on.
Step 2 - Areas where you could help (15 mins)
- Person B and person C jot down ideas for offering their help around person A objectives, challenges, needs, and so on.
Repeat step 1 & 2 : person B talks to A and C.
Person A and person C share how they can help person B.
Repeat step 1 & 2 : person C talks to A and B.
Person A & person B share how they can help person C.
NB: make sure you leave time for every person to be 'interviewed' & for every person to offer their help.
Comment: even if participants have nothing in common at work (don't belong to the same team, don't work on the same topics, don't share the same challenges, etc.) there is ALWAYS something they can do to help one another - as simple as having a cup of coffee together and just listening to their headaches!