We’re kicking off the New Year with a three-part series highlighting Road Trip Leadership from our CEO, Ryan Underwood. Whether your next road trip is with your family or friends, you’re about to discover techniques to be more intentional, grow your relationships, deepen your influence and rock that road the next time you’re locked in a car for what can too often seem like “forrrrrrever.” This is the finale of the series.
We’ve talked a lot about theories and models – now let’s boil it down to some awesome tools which you can actually use to intentionally connect on your next road trip:
- Tunnel Time: Every time you go through a tunnel or under a highway overpass, everyone hold their breath, touch the inner car roof with both hands (except the driver!), and make as many wishes as possible. Discuss a wish or two after the tunnel ends and you come up for air.
- Who Am I?: One person think of someone that everyone in the car knows (family member, friend, celebrity, historical figure, etc.). Give simple clues to the person’s identity with everyone else guessing the correct answer. Keep going in rounds until someone guesses correctly then pass the baton and let another person lead it.
- Theme Song: This one combines your music with observing what’s going on around you. Each person takes a turn using music from their mobile device to play a song that fits what’s going on in the world outside the car (e.g. people in other cars, scenery, construction, weather, town names, etc.).
- Who are They?: Choose another group of travelers (e.g. folks you saw at a rest stop or car on the road) and make up a story about where they are from and where they are going.
- Family Road Trip Box of Questions: This is a super product from Melissa and Doug filled with great questions and games to engage with your fellow travelers on road trips (whether they are family or not). Here are some samples:
- What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while traveling?
- If you could invite an additional person on this trip, whom would you choose?
- What would you do together if you had an extra week on this trip?
- What’s your travel style: drive directly to your destination or take your time and see the sights?
- What city or sight can you visit over and over and over again without getting bored?
- Of all the cities or towns you have traveled through so far, which has the best name?
- Which famous person would you like to be stuck with for a three day road trip?
- If you could invent something to make car travel easier, what would it be?
- Name two great things about traveling with the person on your right.
- If you could personalize your license plate, what would it say?
- If you could write a book about this road trip, what would the title be?
- Table Topics: Marvelous product from Ruby Mine, Inc. that comes in a variety of topics and challenge levels. An easy way to play is simply take turns asking everyone in the car a question and give everyone a chance to answer. A next level approach is for someone to choose a question, and let everyone else guess how another person would answer. No time to order a box of table topics? Don’t worry, they have an App version you can download here!
- Prime Time! If you’ve got enough time to plan for your road trip, head to Amazon.com and order “Chat Packs, A Bit of Banter”, or “HYPERtheticals”. Various levels of fun, engagement, and thought provoking conversations await you.
- Trivia Thursday: If you’re not the driver and you are a fan of Twitter, check out TeamTRI’s Twitter handle @TeamTRI. Each Thursday we post random trivia and randomly select a winner. You could win your very own copy of 5 Gears by Steve Cockram and Jeremie Kubicek. And, if you’re currently on your trip, just search #triviathursday for great questions you can take turns asking in your car. We’ve got over years’ worth of weekly trivia to keep you busy for a few miles! Keep score! The person who wins the least buys the person who wins the most their favorite treat at the next rest stop!
Leader time is all the time—including and especially road trips! Be intentional and see how connected and positively memorable you can make your next adventure with family and friends.