Crossing off my bucket list: participate in a flash mob.
I love seeing videos of flash mobs, and I thought that it would be a great idea to have one at Close to My Heart’s annual convention. After a few years of talking with corporate staff, I finally took the plunge and decided someone better step forward and arrange one. That would be me.
On May 1st of this year I created a facebook group and a website and began spreading the word to ask consultants to join in the surprise. I choreographed a simple dance with just a few moves, designed to be performed by any skill level, even seated dancers could participate.
It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun in the weeks leading up to convention. We had to spread the word yet still keep it a secret. I was working with one of the staff at corporate, so that we could surprise the CTMH executive team and support staff at convention.
Before convention, we created badges to identify ourselves, but did not give away what the badges were for. Seeing so many badges on consultants as we attended classes and events at convention was thrilling, knowing that we would all be surprising everyone else with our big dance.
Finally, the big day. After a long day of teaching extravaganza, I was tired to the bone, but excited about our big performance. All of the attendees gathered in the ballroom for our final general session. CTMH founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton came onstage for an emotional Q&A session and touching tribute to her 30 years in the papercrafting industry.
I had been given the information that our music would start sometime after the Q&A onstage, but we did not know exactly when it would begin. There was more news for CTMH to share with us onstage, and I have to admit that I don’t remember much of anything that was said, since I was perched on the edge of my seat waiting for our cue!
Finally, our music began, interrupting the three Close to My Heart Vice Presidents onstage. Time to get happy….