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Being Personable Without Getting Personal: 8 Fun Facts You Can Share At Work

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Jun. 14 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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If it’s your first day at a new job or you’re participating in an event, it’s normal in a professional atmosphere to learn more about your associates. You can prepare by having a few minor details about yourself on the top of mind. These details can help you establish a rapport with your colleagues without feeling stuck or oversharing. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown on spaces where fun fact examples and pointers on how to answer those questions will come into play.

Professional Environments Where You Might Share Fun Facts About Yourself

Building trust in the workplace takes time and effort. That said, Harvard Business Review shared that trust and having fun at work are two important factors in succeeding professionally.

“Though fun at work is sometimes thought to be a distraction, research suggests that it has a positive impact on engagement, creativity, and purpose — increasing employee retention and reducing turnover,” the outlet shared.

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Here are five professional environments where you can exercise, build trust, and have fun while at it.

1. Job interview or career fair

Your interviewer may try to put you at ease and establish a connection by asking you for a fun fact about yourself. 

2. New job

When introduced to co-workers, you may be asked to share a fun fact to get to know them better.

3. Networking Events

Whether it’s a company happy hour or a speed or virtual networking event, you might be asked to share something about yourself.

4. Team Outing

Your manager may host team-building meetings or meals and play icebreaker games to foster camaraderie in the group. 

5. Industry Events

If you attend a conference, workshop, or trade show, you could participate one-on-one or in a breakout group and share interesting tidbits.

8 Popular Fun Fact Questions And Responses

1. What is your favorite hobby?

Example response:I wanted an offline hobby and decided to teach myself how to crochet.

2. What’s your favorite podcast, TV series, or movie?

Example response:I’ve been enjoying the Black Women Travel Podcast. I love to travel and hear about other women’s experiences.

3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Example response:I’ve always dreamed of going to Athens. I can’t wait to go sightseeing and learn more about the history there.

4. Do you have any hidden talents?

Example response: I’m great at picking up new languages.

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5. What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Example response:I moved from my hometown to Detroit a few years ago without knowing anyone.

6. What do you want people to remember about you?

Example response: I want people to remember that I lived life to the fullest.

7. Who is your most listened-to artist?

Example response:I love Whitney Houston. Her talent is unrivaled.

8. What motivates you in your professional life?

Example response:I like to be the best at what I do, so I make an effort to learn on my own and through my mentors.

Getting comfortable in your professional life will help you build relationships that transcend any job. While spontaneity can be a good approach, utilizing the these fun facts examples at work can help you make a good impression. Plan wisely!

The author’s content and opinions have not been pre-reviewed, approved or endorsed by Discover.

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By: Wanda Duncan

Wanda Duncan is a multipotentialite entrepreneur and travel and wellness writer. She’s slow traveled since 2010 through Europe, Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa and Central America. Find her work in Fodor’s Travel, Her Agenda, The Black Wall Street Times, Love B. Scott, and WeTravel. Wanda is the founder of Black Women Travel and won the Women in Travel Summit 2023 Bessie Awards Social Impact Award and was nominated for the 2021 Trailblazer Award. Connect with Wanda through her website WarmlyWanda.com.

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