Game On

Bryan Jones

Gooding Auditorium was filled with laughter Tuesday, Feb. 15, so loud one might think that a stand-up comedian was performing.

Strangely enough, it was two guest speakers from gameon Nation, a media relations and communications coaching company presenting a session entitled “Navigating the Launch of your Career: Job Interview and Networking Skills.” This title may seem a little dry, but Steve Shenbaum and Blair Bloomston made sure participants enjoyed themselves while learning a lot.

The audience was encouraged to participate in several games to help build their communication skills. The first game consisted of several variations of alternating saying the numbers one, two, and three with a partner. Shenbaum explained the game’s purpose after several rounds.

“Do you listen to your partner, or do you just wait to talk?”

The next game the presenters referred to as “expert interview.” They brought up an audience member, Frank, who Shenbaum interviewed as an expert of the first subject the audience called out. After a short awkward period where Frank refused to be an expert on high heels, he went on to give a very funny interview as an expert lacrosse player. Shenbaum explained how everyone in the audience was rooting for Frank. No one was looking for him to fail.

Shenbaum pointed out that when going into an interview, you really only need to be an expert on two things, the job at hand and yourself.

“Being confident before an interview is key,” Shenbaum said.

He suggested helping friends before interviews by helping them feel good about themselves.

The next interview technique Shenbaum and Bloomston spoke on was called “coin-collecting.” They suggested having three coins, or three things you like to talk about ready to use in any situation to break the ice or make the interviewer get to know you better.

“These coins will be the answer to your story,” Shenbaum said. “You will smile when talking about your coins.“

The last game the speakers played was called “8-3”. They had an audience member, Quentin, in an improvisational scene, where they had to exhibit a certain amount of energy, where 10 was incredibly high energy, and one was asleep or dead. Shenbaum and Quentin acted out the scene attempting to stay within the 8-3 range.

This game was meant to try and show how all of us can be as energetic, or reserved, as we need to be.

“You are an expert at who you are,” Shenbaum said.

Shenbaum founded game on to help junior and professional athletes, teams, and corporations improve communication and build and maintain positive public images, according to its Web site.

Bloomst0n made sure to keep offering encouraging advice to the audience.

“You’re always you under your clothes.”

Shenbaum also had one last thing he wanted to pass on as general advice, not just for job interviews but for life as well.

“Laugh with each other, not at each other,” Shenbaum said. “No one wants to be made fun of.”