There’s nothing funny about people dying from coronavirus. At the same time, we see people making the best of challenging situations.
One group of medical staff waited around the elevator door so they could clap for a custodian arriving on their floor. You could see the smiles and hear the laughter.
Fun energizes people to do serious work.
Serious work and fun fit together. Think of surgical staff dancing before surgery.
7 ways to have fun on zoom:
#1. Sing happy birthday. (Have a person sing anything.)
#2. Have one person tell/read a joke. A bad joke does the same thing a good joke does. Laughing or groaning together connects people. Speaking of jokes, this one is attributed to Charles Shultz.
“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’”
Tip: Invite people to rate jokes with a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Participation is key.
#3. Hat day.
#4. My favorite coffee cup day. Ask, “How did your cup become your favorite?”
#4. Finish this sentence, “The thing I like about pandemics is …”
#5. Don’t comb your hair day. (Only for the courageous)
#6. Put a blanket over your head before logging into your next video conference. Hold up a sign that reads, “I’m watching you.”
Bonus: Ask one person to begin your zoom meeting by completing this sentence, “The thing that will be different about me when this is over is…” (Fun or serious.)
“The thing that will be different about me when this is over is, I’ll need bigger clothes.”
Assign a CFO – Chief Fun Officer. Their job is to assign one person to begin each meeting with something personal, funny, or encouraging.
Tip: Fun on zoom works when leaders model the way, even if they do it poorly.
What suggestions do you have for fun on zoom?
What will be different about you when this is over?