By Cyndi Maxey

A Chicago-based speaker, author and coach, Cyndi Maxey knows how to harvest the communications techniques that result in stellar presentations and, especially, positive results. She also has a practical sense of humor, as this Guest Business Owners’ Blog (adopted from an earlier post at cyndimaxey.com) indicates.

 

Summer is the traditional time for reunions of all kinds, but we’re closing in on Homecoming, that time of year we make a beeline for the old alma mater and reconnection with the people who once were the center of our universe.

 

Of course, some of those folks were more tolerable than others.

 

Perhaps nothing fills the average person with more trepidation than a reunion. I mean who wants to see these people every 10 years, right? May I suggest, however, that life is short and when you get your Evite, Facebook notice, email, or mailbox invitation, RSVP “Yes.”

 

Chances are very good that you won’t regret it.

 

Follow these tips and have more fun!

1) Wear the obligatory name tag.  Print the information LARGE, especially your first name.

Don’t worry about being nerdy; your name large on the name tag just makes it easier for other people. Result: You will have a good reason to approach people and therefore more fun.

2) Tell everyone how great they look – no matter what.

There is ALWAYS something truthful and nice to say:

Ah, Jimmy…the same smile I remember! Your hair is so trendy. I love your shoes. Are you slimming down? OMG, I have that same necklace. I love it. You look so distinguished with the beard and mustache.

Result: You will cause the other to be happy and that is fun.

3) Go right to the memories –the ultimate equalizer.

Avoid the children, grandchildren and third husband (or wife). Take the conversation quickly to Ms. Herzog’s Geometry class. Result: You will laugh a lot, and that is lots and lots of fun.

 4) Don’t overindulge in the food; it’s usually bad anyway.

It’s hard to look distinguished with a loaded plate, so stay with the finger food if possible. Result: You can shake more hands and hug more – and that’s more fun.

5) Keep an open posture in conversation groups.

That means let the other guy in. You are grown up now and don’t need the “clique.” Result: You will make it more fun for others and that is fun.

 6) Don’t overindulge in alcohol.

I know, I know this is tough at homecoming – or at the high school reunion. But you are mature and confident now and don’t need to. Result: You will actually remember whom you talked with and that is more fun.

 7) Don’t take selfies.

They never look good.  Trust me on this. Recruit a friend to photograph you – a good friend. Be sure you are with some sort of group of people in the shot. Result: Instead of looking really bad in the photos, you will just look happy and like you are having fun.

 8) Double thank the volunteer organizer.

Would you want to do this? As you leave be sure to let him or her know. Result: at least the organizer will remember you – and that is kind of fun.

 

©2016 Cyndi Maxey. Used with permission.  www.cyndimaxey.com. cmaxey@cyndimaxey.com

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