We recommend opening your dialogue—or meeting, class, etc.—with a connecting question before diving into the agenda. These questions should be an opportunity to share something new, break a stereotype, humanize one another, and be the first step toward a deeper relationship.
Good connecting questions are an invitation for people to be known better in the ways people they want to be known. This resource provides a set connecting questions. They can—and should!—be adapted as needed to meet your purposes and context.