Monday, May 2, 2011
Milli Vanilli, Goats and Hot-Dog truck drivers- corny or clever?
I swear I'd talk to a wall if it would talk back, so I rarely need an ice-breaker. Sweaty palms and that "cat's got your tongue" feeling is unknown to me. However, I do realize that we are all different, so at my first Battle of the Burgers committee meeting, I decided to do an ice-breaker exercise at this meeting. Now, these said ice-breakers usually annoy me for the first 10 min of most meetings, well, because they are usually really boring...and I never really felt anymore connected to "Hi, I am Jack and I am from Maryland". So are 6 million other folks, Jack...wow, we have so much in common. I have a nose too, Jack- does that makes us connected? Maybe I am a bit harsh, but I just never did an ice-breaker that was beneficial.....until the other day...
I asked guest to state the usual...name, work, where they are from..and then, I asked them to recount one interesting and or embarrassing fact, keyword:interesting and/or embarrassing.
I then started strategically because I knew the first person to "go" would set the tone. I praised that person for revealing that she was a professional "back-end fender bender", having back-ended a slew of cars in her days of driving. This set the tone: positive praise for embarrassing facts.
Other fun things I learned:
1. one girl drove a Oscar Meyer-like hot dog truck
2. someone lost 70lbs- very AMAZING
3. someone actually partied with MIlLI Vanilli!
So, moral of the story: embarrassing/interesting facts bond us together... we all felt a bit connected through sharing laughs and smiles about how weird we all are.
PS- I had a pet goat named Sylvester when I was 7...and he ate dog food.