You can’t judge a book by its cover – My favorite Hoopla

You can’t judge a book by its cover. My favorite Hoopla is the one that Stewart Bissell led. Stewart is an engineer with Innovative IDM.

When I think engineer – I think conservative, reserved, doesn’t take a lot of chances. After all, the job doesn’t lend well to taking big chances. My expectation was for Stewart to have a subdued, laid back……all right I’ll just say it…..a boring hoopla.

But you can’t judge a book by its cover. Stewart came out of the gate to start hoopla channeling his inner Tony Robbins. He was bouncing around the room high-fiving and the enthusiasm he displayed was contagious. I think he thought he was in front of a room of 20,000 people –  not 30.

Running around the room like he just drank 10 Red Bulls and was being chased by a pack of killer bees. He followed up this display by pulling out several rolls of toilet paper. My initial thought was that the Red Bulls were working their way through his system…..but couldn’t he at least wait until hoopla was over?

He asked for two volunteers from each team. One volunteer would wrap the other in toilet paper like a mummy. The fastest team wins. This task proved to be harder than thought because the toilet paper would keep ripping and you would have to keep starting over. I thought his idea of an exciting hoopla would be to have us all program a drive. Boy was I wrong. There were lots of laughs and it was a lot of fun. Thanks for a great hoopla Stewart!

— Todd Fox

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