Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

People enjoy a good mental challenge, especially when the premise seems simple to achieve. For this, all you need is a single sheet of A4 paper and an office door. Easy as that. And remember, one door closes and another one opens. But in this case, the closed door is the key.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Round up an individual or group of people to lay down the challenge. It could be great during team building or to start a brainstorming session. Hold up your A4 piece of paper.

You:

I'd like to try something that will bring us together, while also keeping us apart. You keen?

Lend me your ears

Put the piece of paper on the floor and lay down the challenge.

You:

I bet that we can both stand on this piece of paper, easy enough right? But not being able to touch each other… do you think it's possible?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Let them think it over for a few seconds, then place the paper long-ways across the office doorframe. Tell them to stand on the other side of the page.

You need to stand on the side where you can reach out and close the door in front of the other person standing on the piece of paper.

Now close the door. Take your position on the other end of the page, on the other side of the door. Knock on door for effect.

You:

You see, now we're on the same page.

But we can't see eye to eye. And no touching.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I always knew we'd end up on the same page.
  • In business, it's important to always be on the same page.
  • It's better this way, we don't want any harassment charges with touching and stuff.
Alternative ending

Open the door.

You:

Career growth is all about opening doors.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Who else falls for that?

I did. And now you.

You think you are smart, don't you?

I am not that smart. I just know about how to open doors.

Do you get to open a lot of doors with this?

Too many to keep track of. People love a good door story.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people to unwind and smile.
  • When you want to get people thinking outside of the door, er, box.
  • When you want to get people on their feet and interacting.
Where to use it
  • office
  • team building events
  • brainstorming sessions
  • at home, with family
Getting ready
Items required
  • a piece of paper
  • a door (glass office doors are even better as everyone can see the smiles)
Preparation
  • Place a piece of paper under a door.
  • Position it lengthwise.
  • Open the door.
  • You're set.
Training required
  • Works right away.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don't get a door slammed in your face. Pick the right door.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

paper

size size

one sheet of A4 paper

durability durability

as long as the doors are still standing you can go on forever

source source

a friend from afar

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

careful not to walk into a door

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person

training needed training needed

none (works right away)

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