As I was preparing for this program, thoughts of anticipation and apprehension were entering my mind. I know I love the “Minute to Win” type challenges, but I was unsure if the group of more than 200 delegates was going to love it just as much. The group was given an opportunity to experience what Niagara has to offer. Various booths were set up with local wineries and tourist attractions, our booth being the “casino.” From start to finish, our booth was rockin’. There wasn’t a minute where our booth didn’t have a crowd. People stood in line awaiting their turn, observing and planning their strategy to win the challenge in less than a minute. Some challenges looked impossible and many participants doubted themselves, but were surprised and proud when they completed the challenge successfully. Other challenges looked attainable, but completing the challenge within the given time frame (one minute) was very difficult. Participants were intrigued and determined to complete the challenges successfully.
The facilitators and their colleagues provided ample positive encouragement which helped lead many to success. The participants were focused and engaged which kept them coming back for new challenges. They jumped, they cheered, and they even kneeled to obtain a better stance for many of the challenges. I love seeing the participants motivated during our programs. Watching our participants lunge to get better aim for Sharp shooter, or kneel for better concentration during Spin Doctor was a very rewarding moment. We were able to observe the determination and competition that lies within our participants. This lively energy and loud laughter attracted delegates to our booth continuously. From afar, colleagues poked their heads and stood on their tip toes trying to see what was happening at our booth. It was truly evident that the participants were enjoying themselves.
The night was full excitement and fun for all. Even the LI facilitators running the challenges appeared to be enjoying themselves just as much as the participants. Once a challenge was completed successfully, the facilitator gave high fives, clapped, cheered, and shouted out the name of the challenge. I loved shouting “Cup Stacker, Sharp Shooter and Spin Doctor” and I felt that this added liveliness to our station. I felt that the two hours of playing these challenges flew by. We planned on switching challenges every half hour to keep the participants intrigued, however, the demand and interest of Cup Stack was so high, that I kept it running for another good half hour. This fun work experience was also a very valuable learning experience. We received much positive feedback that we can take and learn from. Now I eagerly wait to facilitate our next “60 second” Challenge. You can read more about what the Learning Institute has to offer here.