|Why Use The
"We used The Mingle as part of the training and planning
phases of a company-wide change initiative ... People LOVED
it! ... It's a good way to have fun and start conversations."
~ Beverley A. Banks
Director of Learning &
PEMCO Mutual Ins. Co.
"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..."
~ Karla McGuire
Former Boeing Manager
Leadership Center Facilitator
are many benefits to using The Mingle in your next meeting or
gathering. Here are a few:
- Building a group - People are
naturally cautious about sharing with each other the first time
a group gets together, or when a group hasn't been together
for a while, or when new members join the group. So, to get
the most out of a group's time together, The Mingle will jump
start the sharing process by getting people talking to each
other about things that matter.
- The questions themselves - We've
tried The Mingle questions for you, so we know they work! (At
one time, we asked the group members to come up with their own
questions, but frequently the questions were mundane or, worse
yet, inappropriate. We've made sure these get the desired result!)
- Increasing trust - The Mingle
gives people permission to share at a deeper level than they
usually do, and we all are more likely to trust people we know
and feel know us
- Meeting others - Talking 1-on-1
with the other people in the room, especially the ones they
don't know, or don't know well, helps people connect into the
group at a personal level. Instead of a roomful of strangers,
you now have a roomful of new friends!
- Encourages participation - By
the time the group has finished both parts of the Mingle, "Asking
the Questions" and "Sharing the Answers," everyone
will have talked with most of the other people and probably
have spoken in front of the whole group, so it's easier to do
- It's Fun! - The Mingle questions
often provoke laughter and surprises. It provides a quick and
easy way to learn something new about each other, and let others
know a bit more about you, too.
- Setting the tone - As facilitators,
some of the most difficult moments are those first few when
we can be faced with reluctance, hesitation, crossed arms and
blank faces, or worse ... The Mingle always shifts the atmosphere
in the room to one of engagement, laughter and connectio