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Brief Encounters: Easy to Print Version

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  • What is one of the most mouth-watering meals you have ever cooked?
  • As a consumer, what's the most successful complaint you have made?
  • When have you stuck your neck out and were really pleased you did?
  • When have you really surprised yourself and impressed others?
  • When have you most deserved a prize for your negotiation skills?
  • If you were awarded a medal for bravery, what would it be for?
  • When were you pleased that you went out of your way to help someone?
  • What is your claim to fame?
  • What is one of the best things about your job?
  • When have you had to improvise and were delighted with the results?
  • Have you ever stood up against group pressure and were pleased you did?
  • Have you ever made what you could describe as a 'successful compromise'?
  • When has working to a plan really paid off for you?
  • Can you describe a success you are proud of outside work?
  • What is one of your most physical achievements?
  • In what ways do you think of yourself as a creative person?
  • What things really motivate you?
  • What is one of the best presentations you have given?
  • What was your most recent success?
  • What was your smallest success ever?
  • What is your recipe for success?
  • What are some of the most recent skills that you have developed?
  • How did you learn to ride a bicycle?
  • How did you learn to manage people?
  • What was one of your first successes as a child that you remember?
  • When have you felt that you achieved the impossible?
  • How did you learn to dance?
  • How did you learn to find your way around on the internet?
  • What is the longest applause you have received?
  • What challenging goals are you on the way to achieving?
  • Can you describe a turning point that led to your success in a new skill?
  • Have you ever communicated with someone without knowing each other's language?
  • Who inspires you and how are you a bit like them?
  • From your own experience, what advice would you give to young entrepreneurs?
  • Have you ever been a successful go-between in helping to stop a fight or resolve a dispute?
  • What's the closest you have been to winning an Oscar?
  • Can you name a fear that has held you back, but no longer gets in the way?
  • How did you learn to talk?
  • What's the closest you have been to becoming a pop star?
  • What's the closest you have been to becoming prime minister?
  • What's the closest you have been to becoming an Olympic champion?
  • Have you ever succeeded in getting publicity for a cause you believe in?
  • How do you make dreams come true?
  • How do you learn from your successes?
  • How do you help those around you to be successful?
  • How many successes do you have on an average day?
  • When have you felt that you deserved a big pay rise or an extra holiday?
  • How might you make it into the Guinness Book of Records - based on something you have already done?
  • What 3 small successes have you already achieved today?
  • What do you see when you picture success?
  • What 3 things have you already done today to help others succeed?
  • Have you ever been successful without really trying?
  • What is the quietest success you have ever had?
  • What is the loudest success you have ever had?
  • What is the longest song, poem or quotation that you can recite?
  • What is one of your favourite sayings or quotations about success?
  • Have you ever turned a failure into a success?
  • What would you like to be remembered for?
  • Have you ever had an unexpected success that really surprised you?
  • Have you ever had to work really hard for success?
  • How do you inspire others?
  • What is good about your time management?

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
  • Find a partner and stay on your feet.
  • Ask one of the questions on the back of this card.
  • Answer each other's question in < 1 minute.
  • Swap cards and find a new partner.
The purpose of this exercise is to meet everyone
and to hear about their experiences of success.

Be kind: adapt or change your question
if your partner is struggling to answer it.
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
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