Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ripple Connection Question

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Ripple Connection Questions are a unique way to engage people in conversation. Whether with a complete stranger or someone you already know, but want to know better, using Ripple Connection Questions (RCQ) accelerate the dialogue and deepen the connection. The questions are by design, fun to ask and fun to answer, and can take your connection to an entirely new level. Come on, break out of that shell of yours and start Rippling.

As the holidays quickly approach it got me thinking of how exciting Christmas time was for me as kid. And if you and I were sitting down over a cup of coffee and you were to ask me a holiday slanted Ripple Connection Question (hmm like the one I am about to give you) you would undoubtedly learn something about me and hopefully find a connection point or two that would strengthen our connection to one another. That's what Ripple Connection Questions are designed for - to help you humanize the process of connecting with others.

So as the holidays approach take the time to connect with those who are most important to you. If you really want to learn something about them pull out this little ditty and watch as their eyes light up and the stories begins to flow.


Here's hoping that you will not only use this question but answer it and consider sharing it with us by posting a comment!

Ripple On!!!

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Ann said...

My kids attended elementary school in a very poor rural community. There never seemed to be enough money for the extras for the school system. The books in the library were beaten up, and the selection was very limited.

In an attempt to teach my children about giving back and the spirit of the holiday we started a Christmas tradition. We went to a local bookstore and purchased around $300 worth of children's books. My daughters had a great time selecting books for the library. Inside each book we used a festive Christmas rubber stamp and tagged the books.

We then spent an evening wrapping the books and placing them in a bag. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time, so I was able to sneak the bag of books into the elementary school. I knew the schedule and when the hallways would be empty.

Inside the bag with the books we included a note from Santa. We did this for 5 years until my kids moved on to the middle/high school building. We never told anyone about our Santa secret and my kids loved bringing home the books they had donated to the library.

That memory brought both a smile and a tear to my eye..tis the season, share the love. Thanks Steve!

Thom Singer said...

My older brother is 14 years older than I am. When I was 4 and he was 18 he played "Santa" at a charity event and got to bring the suit home (but they hid it from me).

After midnight my mom woke me and brought me down the hall and told me to peak around the corner... but to be VERY quiet. As I looked into the living room I saw Santa Claus sitting by the tree assembling a train set and placing other presents out for me.

I never forgot this image. When I was 8 and discovered the whole story of Santa, I asked specifically about how I saw him in my living room.... to be told it was Steve.

Alas, the memory of that always makes me smile.

thom singer

Carlon Haas said...

I always see the image of my younger brother coming into my room Christmas day proclaiming "Santa came; Santa came!"

Doesn't seem too important at the time, but thinking about it now makes me smile.