The first Rush event of the year saw old faces and new as we gathered in the secret bar at Alston Bar and Beef. Wine glasses were set out with bottles just waiting to be poured, and everyone arrived promptly at 6.30pm, ready to get the party started.
With Valentine's day just behind us, our ice-breaker was a couple-themed game. Everyone was given a sticker that was placed on their back, with the name of a celebrity. The idea was to play 20 questions to find out your celebrity identity for the evening, and then go to find your other-half. Couples included Michelle and Barack Obama, Ross and Rachel, and we even threw in a few double acts, like French and Saunders, in there for good measure.
The game proved very popular and having to locate another person (who was most likely not in the comfortable small circle that most like to stay chatting in) meant that more introductions were made without awkward small talk, and a great opener instead. "Minnie!!!! I'm Mickey! I've found you!"
Once everyone felt settled and wine was flowing, the group split up into teams of 4 for a light-hearted team discussion about likes and dislikes (likes: cheese toasties, dislikes: bad handwriting). As silly as games like this sound, they prove very effective in allowing people to open up, talk about something other than business, and find common ground.