"I used The Mingle for the first time with a group of
16 people in Edmonton, Alberta this past week. The participants
were seasoned social workers-many with advanced degrees-who have
experienced more icebreakers than they care to remember. I introduced
Mingle and there was a distinct smell of skepticism in the room
with several people rolling their eyes and crossing their arms.
It didn't take a psychologist to figure out that they were not
looking forward to the next 30 minutes. After the first few minutes,
people were paired off and obviously engaged as they shared their
responses to the questions. The debriefing was fast, seamless
and totally enjoyable for everyone in the room. One person
took a position in the middle of the room and attracted partners
by imitating a barker at the circus, 'Mingle here, does anyone
want to Mingle!'
The Mingle works! It's fast, effective and definitely exceeded
my high expectations. Thank you Don and Cindy for developing
a fine product."
~ John A. Whitesell, PhD
OrgCode Consulting, Inc.
I used The Mingle Cards as a fun icebreaker in dozens
of two-week Strategic Leadership Seminars. This upbeat activity,
with its unique and challenging questions, always moved the group
from strangers to friends very quickly, and set a positive
and constructive tone for open communication, trust and learning
together during the rest of the program.
~ Mary Jo Svendsen
Program Manager (Retired)
The Strategic Leadership Seminar
Boeing Leadership Center
"We used The Mingle as part of the training and planning
phases of a company-wide change initiative where it was critically
important that people be willing to share with each other. Most
of the participants knew each other, but not well - so The Mingle's
unique and already proven questions gave people permission to
learn about each other in a fun and easy way which led to the
openness, honesty and trust we needed for the process to work
well (which it did!). People LOVED it! We continue to use
this in a variety of different ways including team-building. It's
a good way to have fun and start conversations."
~ Beverley A. Banks
Director of Learning & Development
PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
I used The Mingle as an icebreaker at a team gathering and
they prompted great conversation! We even learned something
about a team member that the rest of the team did not know. While
we have done similar icebreakers in the past, I really liked having
the cards all contained together and easy to distribute.
~ Anita McCaslin
Director, Global Staffing
Starbucks Coffee Company
"We used The Mingle to help our neighbors get to know
each other at a Christmas function. It was much needed and
very helpful. People started building relationships that are
continuing and I think we are finally getting on the road to a
better more connected neighborhood."
~ Karla McGuire
Former Boeing Manager and Former Boeing Leadership