Corporate Mad Libs

By: Kimberlee Winterton

We just finished a brief company meeting earlier this morning. With a few housekeeping items, management spent the majority of the time announcing awards, sharing corporate prizes with employees through a few spontaneous drawings, and playing some corporate Mad Libs. By far, the most entertaining meeting yet! For intermission, one of our production team members even taught our president, Ken Kaufman, how to dance a little Gangnam Style “off the cuff.” (Note: This was all impromptu at Ken’s invitation.)

Take a look at our stealth manager-employee relations, GANGNAM STYLE. (Playing your iPod while watching is encouraged.):

Frankly, sometimes spontaneity makes for the best, most engaging meetings. Today’s gathering felt far more real and enjoyable that your standard time-out for company business. Laughter reached a higher decibel and greater consistency from employees and management alike–thanks to a less-structured, awesome plan by management to bring everyone together.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do to keep people’s attention at that next company gathering, try sharing gifts/award ceremony opportunities, or out-of-office excursions with employees at all levels. … And, why not throw in some Mad Libs? To get the wheels turning, feel free to adapt the templates below. (These turned out better than expected, I think, in our “meeting,” based on the animated responses of the company. The activity and conversation it generated turned out to be hilarious. It was perfect for a cold, snowy October day.) All you need is an executive/manager to lead the way. Have him/her ask people to call out “fillers” for the words in parentheses. Check out the parts of speech (noun, adjective, etc.) to make it work under each Mad Lib:

A Day at Aribex

One day when I was coming in to work, I saw (Steve W.) in the parking lot. I called out, “it’s a (fast) day!” As I walked in, I was confronted with a (boisterous) scene. Before my eyes was (Doug H.), with a (red) (arm).  He/She shouted, “Quick!  Bring me a (snow).”  As I (jumped) to retrieve it, I thought, (Yippee!!) that is really (eloquent)! Once this situation was under control, I went to my desk and booted up my computer. The first thing I saw was an email from (Cindy) announcing another company (shave)-fest. How can I (slowly) make that happen today, I wondered. Later, (Ken K.) (Gangnam Style)-ed over to my desk, just to say what a (prickly) job I did on my last (Google). (Scott O.) told (Mike) there was some kind of (coffin) on the (NOMAD) in the breakroom. Wait, isn’t that (adroitly) against the rules? Yes, I love working at Aribex!!!

Aribex Manager
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Our Company

Now is your chance to get to know Aribex’s (beautiful) (mummy)-like strengths!  Everyone, and we mean everyone, has contributed to this (slimy) recognition.

(David B.) has been nominated for the (Pencil) Award. We all know he/she wants Aribex to excel in (cow-tipping).

(Reed) likes to be on the (ugly)-edge of (race-car) technology, thereby providing Aribex with excellent (sweater vests).

Here at Aribex, (Dr. Turner) has been recognized for (resplendent) engineering.  Providing (sheep) with worldwide (pugilistically) achieved service!

The (Hot Pink) Award was given to (Martin). Thanks in part to (cougar) research, the (fugitive) can benefit all (sparkly) employees at Aribex!

The Aribex (bedazzled) policy exemplifies (Lance). If not for such dedicated (drinking), we would all (swim) to our customers and stakeholders.

Lastly, (Scott H.) has provided Aribex with (green) service. We all feel such (anger) when we realize the level of sacrifice and (crushing) this person has contributed. We all shout (BINGO) in praise.

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This entry was posted in October 2012.