For many folks, the few days before Christmas and all the way to the New Year can be a slow time at the office. Projects are ramping down, budgets are getting prepped, sales calls dry up, and vacation time away from the office is in full swing. For the rest of us, it can also be a time to reflect on the past year, plan for the coming year, and "hold down the fort" why everyone else is gone.
If you happen to be part of the group stuck in the office, why not try to expand out a bit and write a question-of-the-day on a frequently traveled hallway?
Sound kind of strange? A few years back I tried this at my job with a dry erase board. I just wrote one question, left a few markers, and then sat back to see what happened. The first person did that slowed down their walk real slow as they read the question, started to chuckle, and then moved on. The next person did the same slow walk, stopped in their tracks, looked around to make sure there was not a camera on them, grabbed a marker, then proceed to answer the question. Fast forward to lunch time and the board was partially filled and a couple folks were discussing the answers. By the end of the day, the board was full of answers and many answers had the infamous +1 next to it. Here is an example of what the original board looked like:
To help break you out of your question asking slump, I'm going to give you 10 questions you can ask that are all themed around this holiday season.
- What is your favorite Christmas scent?
- What is your favorite holiday season tradition?
- How was Christmas celebrated at your house when you were 10 (if at all)?
- What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done the seven days before Christmas Day?
- What is your favorite holiday movie?
- What was the most unusual gift you ever received?
- Do you have any traditions around New Year's Eve or New Year's Day?
- When did you have the best New Year's Eve?
- What food do you eat more of this time of year more than any other time?
- Who do you miss the most during the Christmas Holiday season?
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