Take at Least One

Take at Least One

Life is all about taking chances. If we don’t take a chance then nothing happens. There are never guarantees but one thing is for sure: if you use this icebreaker it will make people smile, and think, and it will get people chatting. We dare you to take a chance. Make people smile, and not just by chance - Coolfidence has your back.

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Print one of Take a Chance PDF files (see the images above - click and download and print) and keep it in your wallet or pocket, and you will always be ready to roll. You may want to make small cuts or tears (perforations) to the “Chance” tabs.

You could even create your own ones, and add some new doodles and other creative elements. Perhaps your name, or your company logo, etc. Just make sure it is all easily readable.

Engage with a person one on one, or with a small group – anyone that you’re connecting with.

You:

Do you believe in destiny? Because sometimes one just had to take a chance in life, and follow their nose.
You big on noses?

Reach into pocket or wallet for your “Chance” paper. It is probably best to have it folded in half, so that there is an element of surprise to it all.

You:

I want to give you something. A token of destiny. Something you just have to take …

Take a few moments to reveal the surprise. If you have folded the paper, then unfold it slowly, and let it sink it.

You:

Here, take a chance.
I know you want too.

Show the paper clearly to the person. Point to the tabs.

You:

Go on, take one. We all need to take a chance in life.
If we don’t take a chance, nothing happens.

Some extra lines you can try throughout:

  • Don’t be a chancer, is what people say. But I am not sure.
  • Do you remember Chauncey Gardiner? He would have liked this.
  • What are the chances … of you taking a chance?
  • Taking a chance is the most natural thing in the world. But we don’t take as many as we should. This makes it easier.
  • Fancy a chance meeting?
  • This gives a whole new meaning to that expression “chance it”.
  • We are all here by chance, so take one more. It will make you smile.

Save the main image to your phone and ask someone to take a chance and then show them your screen. A digital chance is a chance worth taking.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Does this really make people smile?

Take a chance – try it for yourself.

What else you got hiding there in your jacket pocket?

Are you sure you want to take a chance and see?

How long have you been chancing it?

You got me there.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get someone to feel comfortable. This is good for putting people at ease and making them feel they can talk to you.
  • This is a good one-on-one tool for when you are leading someone in the office. Especially in a mentoring capacity.
  • A very good device to use on friends. It gets people smiling and talking.
  • This is very good for lateral thinking junkies – it gets people thinking out of the box.
Where to use it
  • office
  • internal team meetings
  • mentoring sessions
  • with friends
  • with new staff
  • with students (if you are a teacher)
Getting ready
Items required
  • a computer and a printer to make the prop
Preparation
  • have the piece of paper folded in half and store in your pants or jacket pocket or in your wallet.
  • try not to show the paper “Chance” tabs before you have planted the seeds.
Training required
  • Practice concealing it and keep the “Chance” tabs out of sight when hidden, even when bringing it out.
  • The right moment here could be when someone is needing to make a decision.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • This is a fantastic tool to get a point across. To show that we need to take leaps of faith.
  • Don’t do this when your boss is screaming and shouting. And if you are the boss, then give people a chance.
  • Don’t do this with police officers. They may not be happy about you “chancing it”.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a piece of paper

size size

small (should fit into your pants or jacket pocket)

durability durability

it is paper – probably not good to put it in a washing machine when you wash your clothes

source source

we are taking a chance

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

don’t do this to police and security officials – they won’t appreciate it – but you could always take a chance (just kidding)

reusable how many times you can use it

multiple times

training needed training needed

minimal

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