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You’ll never forget this one!

Experiences create memories.
Great Experiences create great memories.
And memories connect people.

A few weeks ago I was in England for my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. While we were there, a group of us went to visit my cousin and her husband for chocolate fondue, fun and fellowship. Just as we were starting the chocolate fondue, my cousin’s husband suggested a “fondue fight” – a family tradition where he comes from! (fondue fight = make the other people lose their fruit in the chocolate bowl while dipping. Rules: None!)

Now most people know how messy chocolate fondue can be without a fight. So you can probably imagine what we got ourselves into. We left their place a mess… with dirty dishes and loads of chocolate on the table-cloth, but with huge smiles and great memories.

Experiences create memories.
Great Experiences create great memories.
And memories connect people.

I have known this principle for ages… I think everyone has… subconsciously. But I only really understood it a few months ago, when I read about it in John Maxwell’s excellent book: “Everybody Communicates, Few Connect”. In Chapter 8 he explains the following principle: “Connectors Create an Experience Everyone Enjoys.”

Maybe you’ve wondered why “inside jokes” are so special to those who are “in” on them (and annoying for those who don’t have a clue…)? Because those who are “in” shared a special experience! That experience and those memories drew them closer. And everybody can see it.

Experiences create memories.
Great Experiences create great memories.
And memories connect people.

So why not take it a step further and learn to actively use this principle to our advantage?

If you’re a parent and you want to bring the family closer together…
If you are a team leader and you want to strengthen your team…
If you are a manager and you want to help you employees bond and feel connected…

Create experiences!
Think of ways to have fun, be silly, have an adventure in your context.

Because experiences create memories.
Great Experiences create great memories.
And memories connect people.

You’re people will thank you!
They’ll never forget this one! And they’ll grow a bit closer to those who share those memories with them.

What about you? Do you have any special memories that created a special bond with other people?

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  1. DimondPhotos on said:

    I love this! It was so much fun to have you all over – we cleaned the flat down after the carnage with big smiles remembering the fun 🙂 Really glad it was a hit with you guys!

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