Fun at Work – Dance Your Way to More Fun at Work

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1. These are No Dancing Fools!

We’ve often chatted here at the old Hump Day about the need to
communicate messages in fun, creative, memorable ways. Thus
we’ve heard tales of corporations turning their annual reports
into talk show spoofs, CEOS who ride into events on tricycles,
and teams that sing their project management reports.

So how about this for a far out idea – The Boston Globe and MIT
Museum are hosting a dance contest for scientists who want to
toss off their lab coat and don a pair of leotards in order
to explain their complex research through dance! The event is
inspired by a “Dance Your PHD” contest held in Europe. The
winner is crowned “Boston’s Best Ballroom Scientist.”

Okay, so maybe you’re not ready to dance in the boardroom, but
it’s the spirit that counts. I mean really, if scientists are
willing to hoof it to get their message across and have some
fun, surely we can all think of something we can do to make our
messages jump out, do a back flip and pirouette around the room
a few times!
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

I’ve already suggested several variations of workplace talent
contests, so why not try a dance-off, your very own version of
“So You Think You Can Dance?” Use it as a fundraiser to raise
some bucks for your favorite charity, and of course, make sure
you video tape everyone so you have a permanent record.
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3. Quote of the Week

“The one important thing that I have learned over the years is
the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking
one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second
is disastrous.” Dancer Margot Fonteyn
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Speaking of dancing, traffic policemen in Timisoara, Romania,
are taking ballet lessons to make them more graceful and elegant
as they guide the traffic. Who knows, perhaps this will
have a calming effect on the stressed out drivers?

Happy Hump day. Keep laughing. And dancing!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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