Interested in Toastmasters but think your schedule might not allow for it? Think again.

When I joined Toastmasters, one of my concerns was my ability to attend regularly since I was a forestry shift worker at the time. A few things I learned eased my anxiety and motivated me to join:

1. Unlike other service organizations,  I learned there is no mandatory attendance policy. There is a Toastmaster Promise that you attend as regularity as you can but nothing heavy-handed if your hectic schedule is limiting your ability to take full advantage of your membership.

2. Toastmasters is so incredibly cost-effective, it makes economic sense even if meetings can only fit a schedule periodically. Compared to other communication and leadership education opportunities, Toastmasters is dirt cheap extremely affordable. Therefore, a busy member can still get a fabulous per hour value for their membership, despite the inability to attend as regularly as they would like.

3. If you can’t make it here (your home club), you can make it anywhere.  This feature of the Toastmaster culture was the clincher for me. I found that as long as I was a member of one Toastmaster Club, the entire organization was open to fulfilling my professional development needs. If I was unable to attend a meeting at my home club because I was out of town, on a work shift, I could make another club meeting that coincided with my “days off.” When I was recognized as a Toastmaster at a guest club, I was quickly put to work on the agenda. This accelerated my development, allowed me to meet and learn from a greater diversity of communicators and leaders, and allowed me to get full value from my membership. It was a trifecta of awesomeness!

If you are considering joining a club or investigating Toastmasters but have been putting it off due to a hectic schedule, then hopefully I have jolted you to look past your reluctance. If you need a little motivation, consider these wonderful words by Nate Boyer, a guy who knows how to follow his dreams, not through sheer talent, but through ambition, effort and commitment. He is a heck of an example:

At 5-10 and 225 pounds, Boyer is an undrafted, undersized, 34-year-old rookie trying to break a NFL roster. ((Ted S. Warren/AP)

At 5-10 and 225 pounds, Boyer is an undrafted, undersized, 34-year-old rookie trying to break a NFL roster. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Boyer is and is considered a longshot to make the Seahawks roster and will have to beat out a 5 year veteran to earn a job.  (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Boyer is and is considered a longshot to make the Seahawks roster and will have to beat out a 5 year veteran to earn a job. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

I think you should never wait until tomorrow to do what you’re fired up about today. Don’t let the flame have a chance to burn out with a good night’s rest. “Let me sleep on it” is code for “let me find a way to make excuses for why I shouldn’t do it.”
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What are your reluctance beating  “learnings” about joining Toastmasters or a similar organization?


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Let it Land: Compliments are often more for others than you

I was reminded of a communication phenomena this weekend that I have realized for a few years but need work on applying.

I attended the Prince George component of the Great Canadian Ultimate Game,

I got some praise for organizing the PG portion of the GCUG

I got some praise for organizing the PG portion of the GCUG

a Ultimate Frisbee game that in 2015 was played in 31 Canadian communities and 3 international communities over 34 consecutive hours.  I was the organizer for my community.  Not surprisingly,  after the match, folks thanked me for organizing the activity because it is a interesting event to be a part of and because they recognized that they would’t have been able to participate that evening unless someone stepped up and did the work to make it so.

As I have been organizing this same event for the last 5 years, I have got it down pat and don’t consider it a tremendous amount of work or significantly difficult to put together.  Therefore, when folks started to give me kudos, I  responded with “I didn’t do much.” or “It’s hardly anything.”  This might seem perfectly reasonable and authentic; however, I’ve discovered it’s not what people want to hear.

Let praise land for the benefit of others

Let praise land for the benefit of others

When people offer praise, they don’t want to be told that there is nothing really to be complemented about.  They are giving you a gift and they are expecting you to receive that gift and when you do, they get a psychological boost.  It feels good to give a complement well received.

Therefore, my challenge will be to do a better job of letting appreciation land when I am fortunate enough to generate it.  It’s not always about me.

Have you ever experience this dynamic before?  What do you think about it and do you have any thoughts on how to best receive a complement gifted your way?



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3 Transformative & Powerful Places in Paris to Plunder

This is an outline for a speech I am delivering on April 1, 2015.  Kindly read, enjoy and tell me what you think.  Your feedback will be incredibly valuable.

I uploaded the slide deck to http://www.slideshare.net/gregjonuk/3-transformative-powerful-places-to-plunder-in-paris-march-15-45870369 to give you an idea of the visuals.

Introduction:
Greg Jonuk is a lucky man.

Despite his meager public service salary & personal frugalness, he has used wit & gall to scrap together 3 trips to Europe, for which he is most fortunate:

  • In 2009 he traveled with his son Gabriel, then 10
  • In 2013 he traveled with his daughter Alexa, then 12
  • And, in 2014 he traveled with his wife Terri, then 29 & holding.

Today, Greg will share with incites from these experiences, which included 2 separate expeditions & 8 cumulative days in Paris.

This material is also a muse to introduce other concepts he is passionate about as a Learning Organization Practitioner and Registered Forest Technologist with the BC Public Service since 2004.

His objectives are 3-fold:

  • To entertain
  • To inform, and
  • To inspire you to think differently about the concept of transformation learning

Please help me welcome Greg, for his ETC. talk: 3 Transformative & Powerful Places to Plunder in Paris

Hook:
Imagine yourself stepping off a train at Gare de Nord & immerging onto the streets of Paris.  Where will you go?

  • Here? (show slide # 4 of Eiffel tower)
  • Here? (show slide # 5  of Arc De Triomphe)
  • Maybe here? (show slide # 6  of Notre Dame)

And if you did, I would flash you one of these (show #7 of  “thumbs up” gesture) because those are some world-class iconic sites.

However, what I’ve learned from my travels is that when you get yourself off the beaten bath, just a wee bit; you get to what I call the next level of a place.  And, that is a real place of transformation.

Salutation:  Madam chairperson, fellow public servants.

Opening:
Today I will share with you three of my top next level, off the beaten bath destinations in  Paris, the city of lights.  They are:

  • #1  the Musee d’ Orsay, which some call the train station   museum.
  • #2  the Conciergerie, one of the most historically important places in Paris, and
  • #3 The market street Rue Cler

Aterwards, I will share with you what this means to us in the BC Public Service.

Paris  main point #1 (Musee d’ Orsay):
I’ll start with a museum.  When most people think of Paris, they think of this place (show slide #13 of the Louvre), the Louvre.  That’s natural because the  Louvre is huge, 15 acres and over 35,000 pieces of art in it’s collection.  Including: (show slides #14 to #19 of various art at a rapid pace).  Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio.

It’s where Mona sports her smile, liberty leaders her people, and Napoleon crowns his emperor (himself) 24/7.

It’s also home to my favourite painting in the whole wide world Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa. Exhibit A: Here is a shot of me and  “Rafty”  right here : (show slide #20).

However despite all of that goodness, the Louvre is not my most cherished museum in Paris.  That honor would go across the river Seine t0 the Musee d’Orsay (show slides #21 to #29 of Orsay exterior and interior).

The first thing I appreciate about the Orsay is the beautiful Beaux-Arts structure.  Some say that the building itself is the Orsay’s first great piece of art.  It was built in the year 1900 as a train station; however, after 30 years in use, it became obsolete.  After being abandoned for nearly 50 years, it was saved at the last moment from the wrecking ball by being refurbished into an art museum.  I love both redemption and recycled and repurposed objects so I love the Orsay.

What a glorious space.  The former train platform area is expansive.  Look how light floods the interior though huge pane windows.  A plethora of huge clocks are interesting to look at and though.

Then there is the art.  Impressionist and post-impressionist from 1848 to 1915.  The impressionists saw the lighting on the wall and realized that photography was changing their game.  In response, they came up with innovative ways to display movement and emotion in their work and transformed art.

Come to the Orsay to see (show slides #29 to #38 of Orsay art in rapid advance) :  Manet, Monet, Courbet, Cezanne, Millet, Dega, Renoir, Rodin, and Van Gough.Go to the tried and true Louve, you will get lost in her stacks.  Then, come to the Avante-Garde Orsay, and fall in love (show slides #39  to #40 of  Louvre and Orsay exteriors). 

Paris main point #2(Conciergerie):
The second place I will share with you may be one of the most historically important buildings in France.  The Conciergerie was built in the 13 century as a royal palace.  It then became a fortress, then a prison and exists today as an exhibit space and national historic monument  (show slides #41 to #42  title slide and Conciergerie exterior).

Marvel at how early masons morphed marble and stone into this wonderfully vaulted and ribbed ceiling in the Hall of Soldiers, one of the last surviving medial halls in Europe (show slide #43 of Hall of Soldiers).

Then, have your breath taken from you as you step inside the prison cell of Marie Antoinette, perhaps history’s most misunderstood antagonist. This is where she spent her last days, her last moments before her untimely rendezvous with the guillotine at the beginning of the French Revolution (show slides #44 to #45 of Hall of Marie Antoinette’s cell, portrait, and guillotine).

The Conciergerie is one of the post poignant historical places on the planet and certainly is deserving of your time and attention (show slide #46 of Conciergerie exterior).

Paris main point #3 (Rue Cler):
The last place on our tour is not an attraction.  You will spend nothing to get on it but heaps to get off.  That’s because it is the market street Rue Cler.  The place is invested with places that will devour your money.  Luckily, as a window shopper I am immune to the boutiques.  However, I will be fearful when I return with my wonderful wife Terri, her alternative form of commerce, something she calls “real shopping,” might make us easy prey (show slides #47 to #49  title slide, pan view of street, and boutique exterior).

However, I do like to shop, for things that I can digest.  That is why I suggest that when you visit Rue Cler, you pop into the boulanger for some fine French bread, then to a patissier for a strawberry tart.  If lucky, you can find them both in the same building like an upscale Taco bell and KFC (show slide #50 of boulanger / patissier exterior).

Then, cross over to the fromagerie for some colorful and fragrant cheese (show slide #51 of fromagerie exterior).

If you have a fetish for viewing raw fish and seafood on beds of ice, check out the poissonnerie (show slide #52 of poissonnerie exterior).

And, carnivores will be thrilled at a charcuterie, with its cured meats and sausage (show slide #53 of charcuterie exterior).

Then, after all that shopping, you’re bound to be hungry, so park yourself down at the local neighborhood café, and watch the world walk past you.  This delight I know from experience. (show slides #54 to #55 of café exterior and interior).

The point of a visit to Rue Cler is simple; spend a morning, an afternoon or an evening, pretending that you are Parisian for a short period of time.

Paris Summary:
Folks, I just shared with you my top 3 next level, off the beaten path destinations in Paris:

#1 the impressionist Musee dèOrsay.  #2 the historically steeped Conciergerie, and #3 the market street Rue Cler.  Go to places like this and expect transformation: from tourist to traveler, traveler to temporary resident(show slides #56 to #62).

Segue to BCPS tie:
I know what you are thinking, this message is entertaining & all but what does it have to do with work in the BCPS?  Well I’m glad you asked that.

What I’ve talked about so far hinges the concept of transformation, specifically transformational learning & this is something I think each of us is seeking in some way:

  • Some of us are looking to bite their teeth into a new project or career position
  • Others may be seeking to develop some strengths while fortifying a weaknesses
  • A few, no doubt, are itching to get back to their work units and put into practice recently learned skills or knowledge.
  • And, I bet there is at least one person in this room who is looking forward to transforming into retirement.

The want to transform & learn is universal & ubiquitous.  I think we all want to be better @ dusk, in comparison to what we were@ dawn.  Sometimes we don’t know how to do that, or, don’t currently have the needed capacity for it, but  the want to transform is there in most of us

And, I think there is also a collective need for transformation.  For example if we want to boost the Engagement, technology, & Culture quotient of the BCPS, partly why we are at this session today, then we need to individually transform, to fuel such a collective goal.

As Ghandi said: be the change you want to see in the world

But of course, anything Ghandi has said is easier said than done so to help my transformational learning experiences, I’ve mocked up a 4-step life-hack to guide me when I’ve lost my way.  I call it my 4 steps to transformation (show slide #63).

BCPS main point #1 (Shift):
The 1st step in personal transformation involves a shift in thinking.

Marcel Proust said “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes “In other words, if we shift our thinking, we initiate a process that brings about further change & learning.

In my case, I’ve embraced the idea that a large part of transformation for me is putting myself in uncomfortable sticky places

I do this though travel and by visiting off the track destinations, but at home, I do this by thinking that doing things that challenges me and scares me (like this ETC talk) will eventually result in the transformational learning I’m looking for (show slide #64).

BCPS main point #2 (Seek-out):
Next you have to seek-out those places, those fertile grounds where you are most likely to grow & transform.

When I first saw these ETC talks being delivered by my fellow BC Public Servants, I circled them as something I too do for my professional development (show slide #65).

BCPS main point #3 (Sign-up):
Next you have Sign-up & commit to immerse yourself in the places & opportunities you identify.

The invite to be here was delivered while I was on leave.  It was buried in a sea of post-vacation email.  I could have easily ignored or deleted it but I realized that as stressful as it would be to prepare a talk while I’m catching , you have to take advantage and sign-up for opportunities when they present themselves

Next you have Sign-up & commit to immerse yourself in the places & opportunities you identify.

The invite to be here was delivered while I was on leave.  It was buried in a sea of post-vacation email.  I could have easily ignored or deleted it but I realized that as stressful as it would be to prepare a talk while I’m catching , you have to take advantage and sign-up for opportunities when they present themselves (show slide #66).

BCPS main point #3 (Show-up):
Finally, you have to Show-up.  It would have been a really easy day for me to call in sick or drive to my cozy comfortable cubical on the other side of town this morning.

Instead, I deliberately choose to be here, under these hot stage lights & in front of your watchful, intense gaze.  Showing up can be hard and scary.  But, it’s the last step and tonight, I have a date with an adult beverage or two (show slide #67).

BCPS main point #3 (Conclusion):
So that’s my 4 step life hack for transformation (show slide #68).

  • Shift
  • Seek-out
  • Sign-up
  • Show-up

But enough about me.   (show slide #69).  I’m more interested in what you feel, think, & may do as a result of listening to my soapboxing here today.

I hope you feel that there is merit in this idea that transformation happens when we put ourselves in the best possible place for it.

Then I hope you think of some areas where you can challenge yourself in this regard & follow that up by signing-up & showing-up for them

What are your next level, off the beaten path places in your public service practice?  Where you can go to make yourself susceptible & fertile for the transformation you want, & we collectively need?


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Consider an Introduction Template for Multi-Presenter Events

In the past few weeks, I’ve been called upon to facilitate events with multiple speakers.  One had over nine presenters in a three quarter day agenda.    I have found that when delivering such events, it’s important to have a tool to make the speaker introductions painless and effective.  I recently developed an introduction template to do exactly that.

Using this template will help everyone involved:

  • Speakers will appreciate it since it will help them prepare their introduction, since they won’t have to start from scratch. They will also benefit because a good introduction increases their credibility with the audience and makes them look more professional. In other words, you can help them look marvelous, as Billy Crystal might say.

    You & your speakers will look marvelous with well organized & delivered introductions

    You & your speakers will look marvelous with well organized & delivered introductions

  • Audience members will enjoy the template because helps them avoid the dreaded
    “CV Resuscitation.” This is a lifeless, long, drawn-out, monstrosity of an introduction that precedes each presenter at some events. These gremlins put people to sleep and suck the life out of their brain matter like a supercharged, dual-piston, gas-powered, Hoover vacuum.  That, and if done right the consistent format helps the audience code and frame the information they are about to hear, much better than no introduction at all or a nasty one, as described above.  Introductions work like a cerebral palate cleanser in this way.
  • Facilitators/Chair people/MC’s will also benefit because it will save you time before the event because you simply send the template to each speaker at once instead of a one-on-one conversation with each presenter to develop a customized introduction. Having a briefing conversation, either individually, or with all the speakers in a group, is still a great practice.  However, when time is tight, this template works well.   Also, the consistency it also lends to the introductions will make it easier for you to deliver them.  Using well-structured introductions will also make you look more polished and professional as a facilitator.

To use the template, email it to all of your presenters about a week before the event.  Include a date when you will expect the introductions to be returned to you.  If you have time, follow-up with each speaker with a phone call or a face-to face conversation to assist them or to confirm clarity of the assignment.  If not, as the filled out templates are returned to you, build a computer file so all of them are in one place.  Make sure you read out each introduction as they come to ensure you can pronounce and deliver correctly.  Print of the file if you require a hard copy.  At the event, read the templates as you introduce each speaker.

A few things I’ve learned from using this template:

  • Take the time to read each introduction out loud and time and time yourself doing so. If they are too long (target 60 seconds), or don’t sound proper to the ear, edit them accordingly.  Consider replying to the speaker with your changes; it is your event to run but their introduction.  Also check your agenda to see if the time to read the agenda is accounted for.  Ten speakers could be a significant 10 minutes of agenda time.
  • Follow-up with late or tardy speakers a few days before the event. They might overwhelmed,  preparing their presentation, and simply haven’t had time to get to it.  Alternatively, your request message might have gotten list in their email or filtered out by accident.   Consider interviewing the speakers and typing their responses into the template if this helps them.

    overwealmed

    Overwhelmed presenters may need additional help to prepare their introduction

  • For folks that don’t reply, print out a template with as much information as you can determine. Position  titles can be researched and presentation names are often on the agenda. Then, before you start, at a break, or during lunch, provide that hard copy for speakers to fill in or interview and record them as a service.
  • If you are using a hard copy, email the file to yourself also. That way, if you lose your hard copy, you won’t have to bother scrambling around at the event.
  • Consider using color, highlighting, bolding, and printing single-sided to suit your preference. Whatever it takes to make your reading job easier when the pressure is on you at delivery time.

What great tools to have you seen to introduce speakers?  


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Learn … to Smile

One of my focuses of this blog is to share things that I learn.  That is consistent with one of my personal core values: continuous learning.  I have written in a previous post that learning can happen in small places, like a conversation.  The key is to be observant of what you’ve learned and apply it to gain from it.

This week I observed how attending a simple education session can bring value to my life.

A few weeks back, I saw an advertisement for a community presentation on Aquaponics by Matthias and Jutta Zapletal, the owners and operators of family run Northern Bioponics Ltd.  I’ve eaten lettuce and other produce this operation and I was always impressed with the quality and taste.  I also was interested in the science behind an Aquaponic operation.  These two factors gave me incentive to attend.

 Matthias and Jutta Zapletal produces lettuce, mustard green, herbs and tilapia fish in his year-round aquaponic greenhouse in Prince George, B.C.

Matthias and Jutta Zapletal produces lettuce, mustard green, herbs and tilapia fish in his year-round aquaponic greenhouse in Prince George, B.C.

And glad I did because I learned some wonderful things from their talk;  both about Aquaponics, a biological system to grow fish and vegetables year-round, and the business mechanics and people that make up Northern Bioponics Ltd. Some of my learning highlights were:

  • Their operation at its current scale, even-though it is green house based, is heavily dependent on sunlight cycle. This means it produces the least food in winter months when I am most wanting to buy their fresh produce.
  • Northern Bioponics has cultivated supply agreements with 5 local restaurants and two grocers which adds a stable income stream to their business.
  • Their farm has a very tight profit margin because their infrastructure and capital costs are significant, sales are slow growing thought the farmers’ market model, and selling to restaurants is extremely competitive.  Restaurants are always looking for the cheapest price on food since they operate in an equally competitive industry.
  • Government regulations, most designed to ensure food safety, are challenging for small agriculture operations.  These regulations hinder a small business’s ability to make small incremental changes to increase profits.
  • Chefs from local restaurants have given feedback to Northern Bioponics that the taste of their lettuce and greens from the Aquaponic Greenhouse is noticeably better than from their other suppliers (likely grown and transported from far away).
  • The Tilipia fish that is integral to their system, since it can be raised in a cold water environment, is not a big seller because fish is not a major feature of the North American diet.
  • Matthias and Jutta have not vacationed since they started production in 2011 because they Aquaponic system is continual and can not be shut down without tremendous costs at any part of the year.  If something went wrong with their system, they have about 30 minutes to return to their farm, diagnose the issue, and fix the problem or else their livelihood would be ruined.

So how does this fit with the title of this article, that learning can make us smile?  Well, a few days after the presentation, I made a trip to my local farmers’ market with a deliberate attempt to enhance my leaning experience through buying some of their products.  By the time I was able to visit the market, they had sold out on their produce but I was lucky enough to snag their last Tilapia fish.

Foil-baked, whole Tilapia

Foil-baked, whole Tilapia

I’ve never tried their Tilapia before, thinking it was a little exotic and perhaps pricey.  However, I got cooking instructions during a splendid conversation with Jutta and I was confident I could do it justice.  I felt comfortable asking Jutta more information about her farm, and how to cook the fish because of the community presentation.  It facilitated a nice chat and I have found that I enjoy talking to the people that grown and source my food.

On my way home, I realized that I was feeling quite good about myself because I was trying something new, I was socially interacting with my community, and I was spending more money than I usually would supporting a local business. Also, I realized that I had less anxiety spending that money because I was informed that the premium taste and nutritional value of buying local justifies the cost.  Not to mention that this business needed my support.

Therefore, a learning experience lead to a social interaction, and an economic transaction that made me feel better.  Learning can make you smile.

Have you ever enjoyed a learning experience that made you feel better?  


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Vet Your Question Before You Brainstorm

A facilitated exercise where you draw out and capture the intelligence of a group of, aka brainstorming, is something that I often do in my communication and leadership practice.  Brainstorming may seem like a simple activity; however, there are many pitfalls and ways to avoid them.  Today I will share with you one best practice that I have stumbled upon though experience.  It is often neglected; however, when done, it starts your conversation on a much better note.

Most brainstorms start with a question, the question itself is important but this post deals with the step immediately after unveiling your question to your participants.  I call it vetting the question.  This means, before I ask participants to do anything with a brainstorming question, I ask for their understanding of the question and if it is the right question for the group and the session.  I have learned not to assume these things, especially with a diverse group of people and especially when I am working with them for the first time.

My preference for vetting a brainstorm question is using a process called Silent Review. Silent Review is a plenary (whole group) conversation that, in this context,  has five:

Step 1: Prior to the brainstorm session, place your question on a single flipchart paper as large as you can print it.  If it doesn’t fit, reconsider the wording to make it more concise.

Step 2: As the start of the brainstorming, ask your participants to silently read your brainstorming question and only speak if they have an answer to the three questions you will ask them.

Step 3: Ask your participants: “Are there any clarification required regarding this question?”  Then lead a facilitated conversation to ensure full clarity in your brainstorm question.  Change the question as required.

Step 4: Ask your participants: “Is there anything missing regarding this question?” Then lead a facilitated conversation to ensure your brainstorm question is asking everything that participants want to be asked in the exercise to follow.  Change the question as required.

Step 5: Ask your participants: “Can everyone live with this question for the sake of our brainstorming session?” Then lead a facilitated conversation to ensure everyone agrees with your brainstorm, as amended by Step 3 and Step 5.

At this time, your brainstorming question is properly vetted and you can continue with your brainstorm exercise with confidence.  Not only that, now will your question become your participants’ question because you gave them the opportunity to provide input.

Build in 5-10 minutes for this process in your agenda.  This time may seem problematic in a tight session; however, consider it a worthy investment that will provide dividends from the clarity and focus it produces.  Confused participants give substandard answers and the brainstorming has to be interrupted to clarify the question and this gobbles up more time that vetting it properly in the first place.   Not to mention it affects your professionalism and credibility with your audience.

If you want an effective brainstorming session, remember to vet your question before you ask it.

Have you ever vetted your question in this way?  If so, what method did you use?   Or, have you seen a brainstorm that didn’t do this and went sidewise?


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Awesome Questions Useful for a Published or Live Interview

Prince George Citizen Questions:

1. Book currently on your night stand (or open on your e-reader)?
2. Three things you’d take with you if you were marooned on an island?
3. Go-to song to lift your spirits?
4. Favourite movie/TV show?
5. What is your earliest memory?
6. Least favourite word?
7. Ideal vacation spot?
8. Favourite band/musician and/or favourite album?
9. If you were on death row, what would you choose for your last meal?
10. What quote would you want printed with your obituary?
11. What’s your favourite thing to do to unwind?
12. What’s your favourite thing to do in Prince George?
13. What would friends say is your most annoying habit?
14. If you could have dinner with any three people (living or dead), who would they be?
15. What was your first car?
16. Which team do you root for during the FIFA World Cup?
17. Best/worst subject in school?
18. Who was your biggest influence as a child?
19. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
20. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

BCBusiness Questions:

  1. What is your most marked characteristic?
  2. How do you take your coffee?
  3. What do you value in your colleagues?
  4. What is your favourite motto?
  5. What is your mobile phone of choice?
  6. What is your preferred method of communication?
  7. What is your present state of mind?
  8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  9. What is your greatest regret?
  10. On what occasion do you lie?  When my wife asks me if she looks old
  11. What is your greatest fear?
  12. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
  13. What cause is dearest to your heart?
  14. What us is your greatest extravagance?
  15. Which talent would you most like to have?
  16. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

enRoute Magazine Questions:

  1. Hometown?
  2. Occupation?
  3. Business or pleasure?
  4. Weirdest thing in your luggage?
  5. Packing time?
  6. Window or aisle?
  7. Dream vacation?
  8. Always pack?
  9. YUL must-eat?
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