I knew it !

Don’t have a crystal ball? Well, some business cards will do just fine then. All you need for this icebreaker is six of your own business cards, a flat surface and a prepped business card with the words ‘You Will Choose This One’ written on the back. Time for you to see the future!

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Getting business cards are a daily event that can go unnoticed or unappreciated. Why not make sure that your card gets noticed, as well as interesting interaction with person you’re dealing with.

You:

If we’re going to work together, you’ll be pleased to know that I can predict the future. Don’t believe me? Can I show you?

Lend me your ears

You’ll have your potential client’s attention. Casually lay down six of your business cards face up and in a row, making sure that you don’t reveal the card with your handwriting on the back.

The one with the writing on the back “You Will Choose This One” or “I Knew It” should be in the fourth position from the left.

You:

Okay, six of my best business cards… choose the number between 1 and 6.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

If they choose the number 3 – count from left to right.

The numbers 3 and 4 are the most common choices. If they choose the number 3 then count from the right.

And if they choose 1, 2, 5 or 6 then do the following. For 1 you will say “How do you spell 1?” Then you go, from right to left “O.N.E.” And voila, you land on the right card again.

The same for number 2. You go, from right to left, “T.W.O.”

For number 5 you say, “How do you spell 5?” And then from left to right you go, “F.I.V.E.”

And for number 6 you go “How do you spell 6?” And from right to left you go “S.I.X.”

In short, for 3 and 4, you go left to right for 3 and right to left for 4.

And for the other numbers you spell out the numbers with each letter being a movement in either left or right. Numbers 1,2, and 6 are from the right, and number 5 is from the left. The number 5, for example is spelt “F I V E” which is 4 places from right to left to the desired card where it is written “You Will Choose The One”.

You:

One , two , three , four … four you said?

Casually turn it over. On the back it reads, 'You Will Choose This One'.

You’re bound to get a smile or look of intrigue from this one.

You:

I know what you are thinking, it’s written on all of them.

Allow the person to turn over the rest of the cards. They will all be blank.

You:

I told you, I’m good with predictions, the business cards never lie.

Some extra lines to possibly use

  • And as a bonus, you get to keep my card. Free of charge.
  • If you need me to make any more predictions, you’ve got my number.
  • I don’t know how it works either, it’s a gift.
Alternative ending

Reveal the secret to the icebreaker if you think it would create even more rapport.

You:

Now we’re both masters of prediction.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

How did you know?

My business is to know stuff.

Can we do it again?

We can. But then you will know how I can see the future.

What if I chose another number?

Then you will be able to make predictions too.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you are in a meeting and want to make a big impression.
  • When in a social setting at work and you want to get people chatting and thinking.
  • This one works well at cocktail parties. Never fails to get people’s attention.
Where to use it
  • business meetings
  • office gatherings
  • team building events
  • brainstorming sessions
  • socializing at a bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • 6 business cards
  • a flat surface available, like a table
Preparation
  • On the back of one of the business cards write the words like “You will pick this one”.
  • Stack the cards so that when you lay them out on a table the prepped one would be 4th from the left.
Training required
  • Practice laying the cards on the table without showing the back of it and without paying any extra attention to the prepped one.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • A lot of people will be asking you how you did it – you may or may now want to show them. Secrets are cool, but sharing is caring.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

paper

size size

business cards

durability durability

business cards kept in your jacket should last as long as your jacket

source source

one of the crew spilled the beans

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this is best as a one-on-one tool

possible health risk possible health risk

none that we know of

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person

training needed training needed

try it one by yourself and you will be an ace

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