Central we are fond of saying “NO MORE SAME
We are in the business of getting people into the habit of getting out
of the habit. We offer the following hints as an out-of-the-gift-box
approach to dining this holiday season.
Start with the House Rules.
THIS IS MY HOUSE AND I MAKE THE RULES!
Make sure that everyone present understands that you are in charge of
everything. That means everything. No exceptions. If someone wants to
make a toast, if
someone wants to pass food to the left, if someone wants to change seats…anything.
You are in charge of it.
I have found it helpful over the years to rent a “take a number machine” like
at the bakery or deli and mount it to a wall in the room where you will
be eating. Make sure to inform your guests that they will need a number
to want anything out of the ordinary like bacon bits or shaved ginger or
ice. In larger gatherings it is a good idea to warn people to take several
before sitting. It could be quite some time before their number comes up.
elderly people are attending, offer to get a number for them, a low number
if you are in their will. This will show that you are considerate
very much in control.
Keep your conversation to a minimum. Talking is everyone else’s job.
Your job is being in charge. Try short, punchy phrases like…”I
imagine so,” “My uncle suffered from that,” and “Why
are you here?” If people still don’t get it, try staring at
a spot just above their eyes as they are talking. In short order they will
excuse to leave the table. Make sure they use a number.
“Please, no gifts.” Don’t let that gift thing get started on
your watch. You know where it leads and you don’t want to go there. If
a guest arrives bearing a brightly wrapped package, be firm. Meet him or her
and adopt a wide stance saying, “I told you no gifts. You may have
a glass of punch and then you must leave.” I guarantee you they won’t
mess up again next year.
At exactly one hour and ten minutes after dinner begins, push back from
the table and say, “That was great. Thanks for joining us. Let me
know if you need help finding your coat.” Then walk around the table
with a black, 50 gallon trash bag and start shoveling the scraps and paper
Finally, try to make sure that each and every guest leaves with a meaningful
parting thought from you. I like to write them down in advance with the
appropriate guest’s name next to each phrase. People appreciate the personal touch. “Jim,
next time no kids, OK?”
That about covers it. If you find that it’s difficult to remember all
of this information just think of the bullet points.
- No gifts.
do you think?
brief report from Northern Ireland 11/23-11/25 04
Creativity Central trained 24
community leaders from both the North and South
of Ireland for three days. As usual our focus
was on attitude, commitment and tools. Every day we
explored each of these values as we applied
them to local and personal challenges
that needed idea and solution finding. From
a trainer's point of view it was just wonderful
to see the participants explore
and experiment with our exercises and open
up in their thinking and doing.
Two immediate payoffs came as we used some of our Tools
to brainstorm possible ways to get credit for the group
that funded the training and ways to take a non-traditional
group photo. Stimulated by some very creative "Get
Your Butt Fired" thinking,
a report of our training complete with interviews was broadcast
by the BBC.
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist Award:
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Let’s face it, MINI’s are an in-your-face kind of car. And until
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