Six Word Memoir

Summary: The Six Word Memoir. In short, you have to write your life story in six words, no more, no less. The stories necessarily will be a bit cryptic, and so of course the listeners will want the writers to elaborate. The brevity of the medium forces writers to choose their words carefully - when you have only six, every word is cirtical.

Ages: From 18 to adult

Recommended Number of Players:
2 to 20

Equipment:
Paper and pen for each player

Set Up:
No prior set-up required

How to Play:
Ask the players to compose their life story in six words. Give as much time as possible for this game. If you are hosting a sit down dinner, perhaps let them mull over the assignment during dinner and then ask everyone to read their compositions out loud before dessert.

Some examples:

  • Stole wife. Lost friends. Now happy.
  • Harlan. Silicosis. Benefit. United Nations. Bono!

Don't these just scream that you have to hear more!

Winner:
Non-competitive

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Many people come to this site looking for a couple specific games. When they find them, great, the job is done. But there is one thing I want ALL my guests to know regardless of how many or how few pages they read. Therefore, if you see this box again on a few more pages, skip it and move on to finding more games for your event.

But for those reading this for the first time, here is the best advice I can pass on from my many years of experience planning and executing large and small events. Read on…

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” These are great words from A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. I couldn’t agree more. And a solid foundation of organizing and planning is needed for most events. But I am here to tell you even with the BEST organization, no event is going to proceed EXACTLY as planned. You may even have a Plan B, C or D as a back-up. That’s fabulous! But trust me on this one; something will happen that you had no way of anticipating. So what now? Here is the trick. Pay close attention to this because it is the single most important piece of wisdom I can share with my readers.

Are you ready?

Learn to mentally let go of your perfect plans
the minute the party, event, game
or special occasion starts.

That’s it. I could write an entire page on how to “be in the moment” and “have fun at your own party.” But neither of those will happen if you don’t have the mindset that it’s alright to have things turn out differently than you imagined. The good news is that usually what you planned in your head that didn’t come through was never even missed by most.

So if you are going along, playing a game, or any other group activity, and it leads you down a road you didn’t foresee… Enjoy the ride.