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Old April 4 2013, 12:51 PM   #31
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Re: We won't be playing games anymore.

2013 was a great year for me. I learnt the coin game from this topic. Can't wait to try it in a staff meeting.
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Old April 4 2013, 12:56 PM   #32
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Re: We won't be playing games anymore.

The best thing to do when forced to answer random personal questions is to make shit up.
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Old April 4 2013, 01:00 PM   #33
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The best thing to do when forced to answer random personal questions is to make shit up.
Now that is a fun game.
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Old April 4 2013, 01:14 PM   #34
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So today we had a staff meeting and for the ice breaker my boss passed around pennies. And the thing was the year of the coin, you had to state something that happened to you in your life during that year.

So the first girl to go, goes into this tearful sob fest about how 2002 was her third year in college and she attempted suicide twice.

The next person to go, went on and on about her adopted sister and the girls real dad breaking into the house trying to kidnap his child back and terrorized the family.


Finally at this point my boss stood up and said that this wasn’t what she meant, she said keep it light and fluffy.

Holy crap.

What a downer of a meeting this was.
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Old April 4 2013, 03:46 PM   #35
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^Well, it does sound a bit like a scene out of The Office.
Yeah, exactly!!
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Old April 4 2013, 05:00 PM   #36
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"Sometimes they treat you like you have a brain the size of a pea!"

Silence.

Then I took advantage of the opening. "Well in your case, Wilma..." and didn't finish.

Even the manager laughed, and I didn't get a reprimand. I did apologize as it hurt her feelings.
In my office (a bunch of engineers), that wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings, since it would be taken (and intended) as good-natured ribbing. Happens quite a bit in our meetings, actually!
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Old April 4 2013, 05:43 PM   #37
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Here's the part I am going to hell for. The first girl is Cambodian and through her broken English her exact quote was "twice I tried to suicide myself."
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Old April 4 2013, 07:10 PM   #38
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So today we had a staff meeting and for the ice breaker my boss passed around pennies. And the thing was the year of the coin, you had to state something that happened to you in your life during that year.
god I'd hate that. Probably invent a story about fending off angry bears using only my karate skills.
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Old April 4 2013, 10:35 PM   #39
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Old April 5 2013, 06:16 PM   #40
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^Well, it does sound a bit like a scene out of The Office.
Yeah, it really does sound like something they would have done. Holy crap, that's awkward. Seriously, there's a time and place and that can't possibly be it.

However, that's what the boss gets for picking a slightly more complicated ice breaker. Just do the name, where you're from, and random fact formula that everyone hates and get it over quickly (or, as pointed out before, don't do icebreakers).
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Old April 6 2013, 05:11 PM   #41
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Here's the part I am going to hell for. The first girl is Cambodian and through her broken English her exact quote was "twice I tried to suicide myself."
I honestly don't know how you kept a straight face during this meeting.

This reminds me of the time that I was in one of my graduate school discussion seminars and we were on the subject of some rape incident in the 1960s. There was an older gentleman in the room who was talking very seriously about it and said something along the lines of "I could ask my old friends of the time how they had felt about it, use them as primary sources, but I can't because they're all dead now." For some reason this struck me as particularly hilarious and I let out a completely inappropriate chortle. I attempted to disguise it as a bad cough and left the room to "get some water." Laughing about rape and death probably isn't a good idea!
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Old April 6 2013, 07:51 PM   #42
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Re: We won't be playing games anymore.

Sounds like a perfectly nice and innocent game to me. If one can't think of anything good for a particular year offhand, make something up: "I'm sure I had a burrito at some point that year, and I love burritos, especially when they've got fresh mango slices!" I feel badly for the women who were mistreated, and like others said, hope they find the counseling, but without blaming anyone, it's a shame that some mixture of past trauma and a lack of common sense put a damper on such a well-intentioned activity.
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Old April 8 2013, 10:58 PM   #43
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These ice-breaker things sound great in theory but theroy doesn't always translate into practice. People tend to remember the best and worst things more clearly than the average usual stuff that happens. Some might not even be entirely comfortable with the whole ice-breaker thing, and rather say they are not comofrtable they say something just to be seen to be taking part.

In any given group of people it's likely you'll have outgoing and shy people to varying degrees, shy people aren't always comfortable with these things.
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Old April 9 2013, 02:58 AM   #44
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^ I hear you, but if you can't BS something light, interesting and appropriate, you just aren't trying, and that's rudeness.

Socially awkward? Memorize a few jokes. During this exercise, you can then say, "ah, yes, 1993, that was the year I heard this awesome joke." And then you tell the joke.

Learning to chit-chat is quite simply an essential part of growing up, and a necessary skill in today's white-collar economy.
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Old April 9 2013, 05:11 AM   #45
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^ I hear you, but if you can't BS something light, interesting and appropriate, you just aren't trying, and that's rudeness.
Rudeness not to produce personal information on demand? That has nothing to do with the job? I disagree. I hate this sort of crap myself.

And I can talk to anybody.
Socially awkward? Memorize a few jokes. During this exercise, you can then say, "ah, yes, 1993, that was the year I heard this awesome joke." And then you tell the joke.
Socially awkward makes it a lot harder to take the risk of making jokes.
Learning to chit-chat is quite simply an essential part of growing up, and a necessary skill in today's white-collar economy.
No one ever learned to chit chat from ice breakers. If you want chit chat give people food and go out of your way to talk to the quiet ones.

I agree it's a necessary skill.
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